Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Bits of Tid, Juan Williams Edition

Boy, did NPR step in it when they fired Juan Williams on Wednesday. There are many lessons to be learned from this debacle, among them, what freedom of speech means, how intolerant the left is of ideological impurity, and why George Soros is the enemy of American values. You can click just about anywhere on this Intertubes thingy and read all about it.

Personally, I think Juan has learned an important lesson, and that is that the left, where he says he was practically born and definitely raised, can turn against you for the very slightest of reasons. I also hope he comes out on top of this situation, and he has already with a contract extension from Fox. I'd also like to see him sue NPR for violating his civil rights. His former boss was extremely insulting to him by insinuating that he was somehow mentally imbalanced for speaking against the party line, just like old-world Communists did.

Most revealing are his facial expressions. In the many interviews he's held since his firing, you can see the disappointment on his face. He knows he's been betrayed and that hurts him. He'll be all right in the end, I believe. He has a new fan base, which includes me. I haven't agreed with his views on many occasions, but he's certainly allowed to speak his mind. Opposition gives me a chance to more fully examine my own views, some thing I think is valuable in order to be intellectually honest about one's beliefs and convictions.

Anyway, if you're out tonight and have the opportunity, hoist a drink in Juan's honor and wish him well.

And speaking of honor, everyone stand up and welcome our newest follower, Flounder. Stand up there, Flounder, and let everyone see you.

To watch you readership increase by 33% overnight is truly amazing.

I am deeply humbled once again.

On to the bitting.

Today in 1797, is the first time anyone willingly jumped out of a perfectly good aircraft. Frenchman AndrĂ©-Jacques Garnerin made the world's first parachute jump from an altitude of 3200 ft above Paris.  In 1799, Garnerin's wife, Jeanne-Genevieve, became the first female parachutist.

Duude. High Times writer is busted for pot possession. And it took them how long to find him?

Dear Santa Claus, I've been a really good boy this year and I want one of these for Christmas. But if your elves can't make one in time, I'll take one of these. Thanks.

Maybe they just got bored. Ten garden gnomes found on hiking trail.

A robber with a case of OCD robs the same bank four times.

Neither rain, nor snow, nor the passage of time, will stay the courier from his appointed rounds. Postcard finally delivered after 64 years.

Obama Underappreciation Syndrome. Possibly related to the Williams Syndrome. Not to be confused with the Juan Williams Law.

I wouldn't stand too close to one of these. A Japanese vending machine sells live crabs. Oh wait, they're not those kinds of crabs? Never mind, then.

Via David Thompson, what to do when you've read everything in your *ahem* library.

And finally, from Ace of Spades HQ come these words to live by. "Don't talk back to Darth Vader, he'll get you."

I'll see ya on Monday. In the mean time, have a good weekend.

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