I was rather tied up yesterday as you might have heard so I missed every bit of the Gateway to Johnson to Patterico and then the banning.

Robert Stacy saw it and is really having a lot of fun with it.

You know there are all kinds of possibilities in a new year. I hope Charles decides to take advantage of one of them. It’s a miserable way to spend a life and it’s not going to win him the friends hie thinks it’s going to.

I’m not going to bet a lot of money on that.

Merry Christmas to all.

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.

2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3 So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.

4 And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,

7 and she gave birth to her firstborn son. 3 She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.

9 The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

10 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

11 For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.

12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.

18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.

19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

God bless all here.

Q: Why will the president neither address nor remove Kevin Jennings from his safe school Czar position?

Gay activists are already very upset at the president’s inaction on several fronts that they have demanded action on. The White house doesn’t take this action because said actions are political losers. Every Democrat in congress knows this or they would have taken action on these items years ago.

The White House needs to pacify this group that supplies cash without actually taking action. In Kevin Jennings they have found the perfect vehicle for this goal.

Gay activists know they have been played for suckers, but they also understand that the Jennings matter is potentially more dangerous than any other to them.

This person has been lionized and held up as an example by their community, so much so that he got the White House appointment. However like the University of East Anglia Scientists (Go Polar Bears!) they also know what the result of the widespread publicity of the GLSEN agenda would be. Attitudes have changed over the decades but not THAT much.

They understand that any acknowledgment of the Jennings scandal puts their entire agenda out before the public in a way that is impossible to address in a positive light. And unlike some national agenda it is a local agenda, something that a state rep or even a city council deals with. That’s something that can people if roused can do something about from the bottom up. It would cause rollbacks on the state and local level faster than an overstocked WalMart.

The White House understands this and by standing behind Jennings they give the radical Gay community what they need rather than what they want without political cost…at least for now.

As long as the media continues to use the same investigative prowess it used on the John Edwards story the White House can duck it and play this game. Since the MSM has embrace the Jennings agenda it is in their own best interest to play it down too. So don’t expect it to crossover to the MSM anytime soon.

Thus Jennings serves a vital interest for the president. He keeps the Gay community in check simply by staying right where he is.

This is the reality and unfortunately the yeoman work of Jim Hoff is unlikely to change it.

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.

There were two interesting Sarah Palin stories that took place today:

The First was contained in a clip from a Radio interview where she says this:

Q: Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?

A: I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue ’cause I think there are enough members of the electorate who still want answers.

and the Second is a facebook post on Copenhagen where she says this:

Policy decisions require real science and real solutions, not junk science and doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood that capitalizes on the public’s worry and makes them feel that owning an SUV is a “sin” against the planet. In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” Boycotting Copenhagen while this scandal is thoroughly investigated would send a strong message that the United States government will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices. Saying no to Copenhagen and cap and tax are first steps in “restoring science to its rightful place.”

Which one do you think the media is going to focus on and which one do you think they will ignore?

All pols make mistakes and I suspect Palin’s unartful answer is going to be a weapon used against her. One could easily say that all she means is: It’s not an issue for her but the public has a right to know and ask if they wish to. If that is what she meant to say it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get that out pretty quickly. The real danger of this is the birthers jumping all over it, any retreat will annoy the most fanatical of them, but conspiracy theorists are easily annoyed anyways.

There is no way that the left will not jump all over this and the media desperately needs to keep the subject off of the many things that are big trouble for this president and the democratic congress. However the media has cried wolf so much and has thrown so much phony dirt at her that her fans are unlikely to pay any attention. That is the fruit of shoddy reporting.

If I’m a member of team Palin I do the following: If When the press refuses to take her explanation I would hit back at once saying: “Of course youthey don’t, this is the same press that pushed all those phony ethics complaints the latest of which has just been dismissed like all the others. I note the press isn’t reporting that for some reason.

Governor Palin has been subjected to 24 ethics complaints, several lawsuits, and dozens and dozens of public information act requests, few of which raised even a scintilla of a good faith issue, and most of which were simply done to garner a headline or promote opposition research for political gain.

Recently we learned that two more ethics complaints against Governor Palin have been dismissed—complaints that were filed after the Governor announced her plans to step down. One complaint asserted that it was unethical for the state to follow its own per diem regulations and pay per diem to the Governor as set forth by law. Of course, the complainant conveniently overlooked that the Governor and her family received less per diem than they were entitled to under State law—why let such details stand in the way of an ethics complaint? The other complaint that was dismissed asserted that the Governor, through me, supposedly violated the constitution because we informed a person who falsely implied that the Governor was “under investigation” by the FBI, that such statements are defamatory.

Every time they try to ask the “birth certificate” question I would counter with the News the media is unwilling to report. In fact I’d even consider putting the governor out there to do it herself. I think she is much brighter than a lot of these people, particularly in a quick interview format. For example if Morning Joe covered it in the 6 a.m hour I would have her call in before the 8:00 hour and offer a Q & A, but ONLY if they take her right now since she has “limited time”. If they take her then they have to think on their feet, while she is prepared, if they refuse her then THAT is the story.

Hey but what do I know, I’m just the fat bald guy on the couch.

Update: What a typo, egg on my face there. Thanks Milhoose for catching it. I have a bad habit of hitting post too soon.

And a lot has happened in that time (unfortunately a job hasn’t been one of them) I’ve written a lot of stuff (just under 2000 posts), met some new people and vented my spleen quite a bit.

I’m no Instapundit, Hotair or any kind of big blog, but to the tens of thousands who have visited and have either stayed or quickly left let me say it’s been a pleasure to share my thought and my year with you. May they next year treat us all well.