Today’s Special

Two turkeys get pardoned. From the Rose Garden President Bush granted a pardon to May and Flower. They’re going to Disney World. Meanwhile, U.S. Border Agents Ramos and Compean remain caged.

I also thank everybody who voted online to choose the names for our guests of honor. And I’m pleased to announce the winning names. They are “May” and “Flower.” They’re certainly better than the names the Vice President suggested, which was “Lunch” and “Dinner.”

Due to the WGA strike, the next Democratic Party debate, co-sponsored by CBS and the DNC, scheduled for Dec. 10 may be cancelled. Hostess (?) Katie (the tart) Couric just can’t get a break. Good news though for Sen. Clinton. She was the first to announce that she wouldn’t cross a picket line. The less debates she has to attend the better. Coming from Hillary, there is one position you can count on her not changing.

“It is my hope that both sides will reach an agreement that results in a secure contract for the workers at CBS News, but let me be clear: I will honor the picket line if the workers at CBS News decide to strike,” Clinton said.

Mayor Lino Donato of Poteet, Texas has to register as a sex offender for charges relating to two underage girls. According to the 1000 feet rule barring sex offenders from places where children go, he would be prohibited from going to City Hall.

Free sandwich to the person who identifies the mayor’s political party affiliation.

Former French President Jacques Chirac has been placed under formal investigation for embezzlement of public funds. He apparently received his embezzlement training as mayor of Paris for 18 years before moving up to the big time, the United Nations “Oil For Food” program as President of France.

Being Offended Never Goes Out Of Season

On the subject of Race Relations, there seems to be no shortage of people looking to be offended. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that there aren’t problems associated with race. Clearly there still are problems. We don’t live in a perfect, color-blind, world yet. A recent incident here in Pensacola, FL comes to mind. But when people of responsibility make accusations that foment racial tension, it just makes the hair on my back (which my wife will attest to) stand up.

Thomas Sowell calls it being belligerent. I agree and for those doing it, I see it as having a chip on your shoulder. Neither of which will earn you brownie points with the police in the course of their duties. It may even lead to you being killed.

Case in point is U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill), from the 7th district in Chicago. He was pulled over by police for what he claims is ‘driving while black.’ He was given a $75 ticket for a moving violation. Davis says . . .Rep. Danny Davis

“I hope that this was some kind of isolated instance, but I know in my heart of hearts, I know that it’s not”

He fails to see that the duties of that officer are to protect himself and others with whom he could have had a head-on collision. Hearken back to former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who committed battery on an officer for doing his job, keeping the capitol building safe and secure. She said it was because she was black. This, in a building where intruders have come in and shot and killed people. There is no measure of understanding from people like McKinney and Davis, other than, I’m black so leave me alone.

Davis says . . .

“There was just no reason I could conjure up other than the fact that there were four black people in a car.”

Oh really? What about swerving over the center line in the wee hours of the morning? He ought to be thankful he wasn’t given a breath test. Had he been drinking, and there is no evidence that he was or wasn’t, his ticket could have been much worse.

By contrast, Thomas Sowell has his own experience of DWB, Driving While Black.

Twice within the past few years, I have been pulled over by the police for driving at night without my headlights on. My car is supposed to turn on the headlights automatically when the light outside is below a certain level, but sometimes I accidentally brush against the controls and inadvertently switch them to manual.

Both times I thanked the policeman because he may well have saved my life. Neither time did I get a ticket or even a warning. In each case, the policeman was white.

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Recently a well-known black journalist told me of a very different experience. He happened to be riding along in a police car driven by a white policeman. Ahead of them was a car driving at night with no headlights on and, in the dark, it was impossible to see who was driving it. When the policeman pulled the car over, a black driver got out and, when the policeman told him that he was driving without his lights on, the driver said, “You only pulled me over because I am black!”This was said even though he saw the black man who was with the policeman. The driver got a ticket.

There needs to be some distinction between driving while black and driving while being a jerk.

CBS2 Chicago | Driving While Black | What Color Is Articulate?

A Political Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving, Monica Crowley offers ten reasons to be thankful, politically speaking, thatA political thanksgiving dinner. we live in this time in our nation’s history. I’ll add an eleventh reason to Monica Crowley’s list that we should be thankful. 11. That we live in the United States of America, where our freedom makes it possible to publish a list in the first place.

It’s called Thanksgiving for a reason, so let’s offer our gratitude to the following people, who have made life in America so much richer — and more interesting — over the past year:

1. The men and women of the United States military. Against some rough odds — in Iraq and Afghanistan in particular — our armed forces are doing the heavy lifting of freedom. They are the ones who stand between us and the jihad. And they volunteer to do it. They choose to give up their families, their friends, better paying — and much safer — jobs, and in some cases, their lives to fight America’s enemies and to do everything they can to protect American life and liberty. For your selflessness, sacrifice, bravery, and humility: thank you.

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Writers Guild Strike Brings Out The Re-runs

Is it just me or have you also not missed a moment of Hollywood’s output? It is beginning to feel like a great pall over a segment of the media has been lifted. Frankly it wouldn’t bother me one bit if they ever returned to do that work.

In keeping with the re-run theme, and to show my solidarity with the WGA, here is one I found of Saddam Hussein hanging around in the archives.

Another of my favorites is the moment Al-Zarqawi met his 300 lb. bearded virgins.  Only they weren’t real virgins.  They use that hymen replacement surgery down in hell.

And this one is another of my favorite movies.  It shows what happens when the best military on the face of this planet finds the enemy.  In this case it is a few Islamofascist terrorists.  Can you say Blackhawk?

Thanksgiving Episode of NewsBusted TV

Came across this web TV series just in time for Thanksgiving. I’m guessing that this will be a regular feature here at The Lunch Counter. Should give the folks at goLeftTV1 something to squawk about. It is material like this that tends to bring out the very best in them. Brought to you by NewsBusters.

1 goLeft.tv is a production of Air America radio host and BIG LAW trial attorney Mike Papantonio of Levin-Papantonio, Pensacola, FL.