Our guest columnist sought power, accepted it eagerly, and chose to return to life as a citizen rather than complete a first term.

Celebrating George Washington’s birthday is an American tradition to honor our first president. Though Presidents’ Day is now the more commonly-used term, and has expanded to include all presidents, the legal term for this federal holiday remains Washington’s Birthday.

We honor President Washington, not because he was flawless; he was not. He was, however, the epitome of self-sacrifice — both as a soldier and a statesman. It was that sacrifice that helped make America what it was destined to become. We honor him because of what he accomplished and the manner in which he approached service to this nation: with a servant’s heart.

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Sarah Palin on Fox: “Vote for Newt. Annoy a liberal. Vote Newt. Keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going.” [NRO, via Political Wire]


Our guest columnist wishes you would stop goading Fox News into demagoguing a stolen pagan holiday, and surely extends the same detailed heartfelt consideration to Ramadan.

My family and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I offer this to all because Christmas is a holiday for all, whether you are a Christian believer or not. The message of Christmas is full of hope, peace, joy, and the fellowship of all mankind; so I find it amazing that every year we hear more accounts of a ramped up “war on Christmas.”

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“Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News & Commentary that she found the card to be a bit unusual. ‘It’s odd,’ she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like ‘family, faith and freedom.’[Fox]

“The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Palin and Burnett are pitching another reality series, this one more focused on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer. But for now, TLC owner Discovery Communications has passed, say sources. And A&E Networks, which entered into a bidding war with Discovery for Sarah Palin’s Alaska, also is not interested.”

Yes, boys and girls, we all had a good time speculating on the possibilities of taking our beloved Sarah to Broadway: or some simulacrum thereof. Some of you might recall my testiness at the regularity with which the dreaded Happy Villagers kept showing up, discounting my peevishness as professional blague.

The other night, during a Judy Garland retrospective on TCM (live-blogged with Catt), it came to me. Trembling, I rushed to my iMac (thank you, Steve) to access youtube where I found to my horror that, yes…


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