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Scots-Irish Democrat Jim Webb mulls a presidential run

Despite my profound disagreement with him on social issues, I've always had a grudging admiration for former Senator Jim Webb. And of course, he's a fellow Scots-Irishman.

He's forming an exploratory committee to examine running against Hillary for the 2016 Democratic nomination as a populist.

Sorry, Jim. The sanctity of human life and the survival of marriage are too important. And class envy isn't a constructive platform.

But better Webb than, say, Elizabeth Warren.

HT: Drudge

A blessed Christmas

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus Christ

1 In those days la decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,2 who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in wthe inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel s…

And they're howling

The excesses of McCarthyism and the extremes of the conservative movement have, over the years, led most reasonable people to roll their eyes when domestic political movements are said to be tainted by  Communist influence. Crying wolf has one drawback, as the little boy in the fable found out the hard way: when a real wolf shows up, people aren't listening anymore.

But sometimes the wolves are real. And in this case, they're howling.

Police union head: Sharpton and DeBlasio "have blood on their hands"

Two New York cops have been executed in "retaliation" for an accident and what may well have been a justified shooting.

Some- not all- of the more vocal protestors over the Ferguson and New York tragedies have gotten their wish. And the head of the New York police union has called out the race-baiters and left-wing extremists who encouraged their rhetoric.

Good for him.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Mennonites who believe in discipleship after all

I personally can't understand biblically oriented members of the ELCA who remain in that denomination now that it has so clearly and so completely broken not only with the Lutheran doctrine of justification (universalism is a false gospel), but with biblical authority generally. But some do.

I'm encouraged to learn that an increasing number of Mennonites, though, are taking the authority of the Bible and their tradition's emphasis on discipleship seriously enough to withdraw from a church body which no longer acknowledges either.

HT: Real Clear Religion

Craig Ferguson's classy- and classic- farewell

I'll miss Craig Ferguson, in my opinion the most naturally talented late night talk show host in the history of television. And no, I don't plan to watch Colbert; replacing Letterman with another snarky left-winger when a man of Ferguson's talents was available was not a good move.

We'll see about the post-Craig Late-Late Show.

Anyway, the closing sequence of Craig's final show last night was classic, living up to the quality of the entire 10-year run of the show. It was a combined homage to Newhart,The Sopranos, and St. Elsewhere:

I'll keep watching Celebrity Name Game, of course. And Craig Ferguson- potty mouth that he is- will nonetheless have my best wishes for a long and successful post-Late, Late Show career.

Here's hoping that Craig, Geoff Peterson, and Secretariat return some day to once again do the kind of show that, in my opinion, Craig Ferguson was born to do.

New paper documents Leftist bias in the social sciences

A self-described liberal is among the authors of a new paper pointing out the degree to which the social sciences are compromised by a left-wing bias.

Which will probably spell the end of his academic career. Remember what happened when a PBS president came clean about his network's Leftist slant?

Oh. And incidentally... the paper begins by debunking all those snarky "studies" purporting to show that liberals are by definition smarter than conservatives.

As if anyone but liberals ever believed them to begin with.

HT: Real Clear Science

Trestman reportedly on his way out

Bears coach Marc Trestman, who players say has failed to provide much leadership in the locker room, will reportedly be fired once the season is done.

It's sad, but probably for the best. Clearly the Trestman/Cutler experiment has failed, and the team needs to go in a new direction.

I'll begin crowing about Bear victories in this blog again when they beat the Packers.

Scott Walker sticks his foot in his mouth- and gets a Hannukah hotfoot

"Thank you and Molotov?"

He meant "mazel tov," of course. But the Lefties are crowing.

Only if the Democrats nominate Joe Biden will this sort of thing be tolerable. You can trust the Left to exploit any gaffe the GOP nominee is guilty of. In fact, his proneness to such moments is the main reservation I have about the potential candidacy of a guy I've had my eye on since he ran in 2000, Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Reflections of the way life didn't use to be

On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Berkeley Free Speech movement, Leftist hecklers have prevented tech guru and libertarian Peter Theil from speaking there. Apparently it had something to do with Ferguson and police choke holds and such.

Liberal fascism strikes again. And the ironic thing is that the protesters- and "progressives" generally- probably don't see the irony.

HT: Drudge