New Year Prophecies And Predictions Open Comments

We tend to get inundated this time of year with “Best of” and “Worst of” lists. We also get lists of different predictions made by some pundit, reporter, dude hanging out in his mama’s basement smoking weed all day, and other miscellaneous soothsayers.

Some are at least somewhat serious.

Some involve “sports”. Those where people drive real fast and turn left a lot. Others that are vaguely homoerotic and feature sweaty men rolling around on the floor. All things Olympics. Plus lots of boutique sports that people outside of the UK, India, & Australia cannot even fathom.

Then we have the “psychics”. Also some kooks.

Lastly, we have the Gold Standard of Predictors – The Weekly World News.

I don’t know how much any of this matters. We have less than a year as it is until December 21, 2012 (12/21/12 – tell me that is merely a coincidence).

Some of you people may have predictions of your own, so put on your wizard hats, dig up the mayonnaise jar from under Funk & Wagnall’s porch, massage your inner sooth, and prophesy. Let us all know what to expect.

If you’re on Facebook…

From Pajamas Media:

If you’re on Facebook, please take a minute to report a truly vile page

The truly vile page I referenced in my post title is Hundred Million Person Hate Israel. Thankfully, so far it’s only got 30,000 people (out of a 100,000,000 goal) “liking” this incitement to destructive antisemitism, but cancers like this shouldn’t be allowed to grow.

If you have a Facebook page, you can report the site by clicking the above link, which will take you to the page. On the far left hand side of the page, near the bottom, you’ll see a link saying “Report Page.” Click on the link and go for it. I submitted two reports on the page, one for anti-religious hate speech and one for racial/ethnic hate speech.

Also, if you scroll down the left hand side of the page, you’ll see two more related hate sites, one in French, and one directed against Zionism. Feel free to zap those too.

Once you’ve reported the page, please ask your friends to do the same.

Friday Laird MacSimpson Open Comments

A Scottish couple has unearthed the most powerful evidence thus far of a superior race of people who inhabited the area near Fife about 800 years ago.

Since the head has come into their lives, the intrigue has taken up so much time that the artefact has become part of the family.

‘There is no other word to describe it other than ugly, but we have become quite attached to it,’ Mrs McIntyre said.

‘He sits on the kitchen window now, and when we have people over they always comment on it.

‘We just really want to know where he is from.’

She joked: ‘If we don’t find out what it is, it will curse us forever and we will just have to bury it back in the garden.’


Wednesday Ten New Terms Open Comments

In a twist on a year-end “top ten” list, we have a list of terms that have sprung into being or into wider notice this past year.

Some you’ll recall immediately.

Tebow (verb)

Origin: Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow’s high propensity for praying midgame.

1. According to, a website that celebrates the practice, to “Tebow” is “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.” 2. An Internet craze that explains all of those awkward-looking photos you see people taking everywhere.

Some are more obscure (at least to some of us).

Bunga bunga (noun)

Origin: Italy

1. A phrase of indeterminate origin and meaning, often used in reference to the sexual exploits of Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy. 2. Just one way in which Berlusconi embarrassed many Italians (see also Berlusconi’s definition of “Tanned”).

Tuesday Courage Open Comments

Lost in the joy of celebrating Advent and Christmas here in the West, much has been left unremarked upon in the Middle East. Since the “Arab Spring”, which the dominant media has swooned over since last summer, we have heard painfully little of what has actually been happening in the Cradle of Civilization.

Accelerating through the intervening months has been an oppression of All Things Not Fundamentalist Muslim. In the past few days, during one of Christianity’s most holy times of the year, oppression of local Christian populations has accelerated to the point where midnight Mass must be celebrated during daylight out of concern for security. That is only true for those Copts in Egypt who have chosen not to flee (or are unable to) and those Iraqis who have been persecuted even when our troops were actually still present.

The silence of our “leadership” is deafening. If some Muslim somewhere is denied the ability to perform ritual ablutions or wear their allegedly religiously prescribed adornments prior to his prayers, we do not hear the end of it. When Christians are murdered and terrorized, it is treated as the normal state of affairs, which it is sadly turning into.

Whatever happened to standing up for the human rights of those who are oppressed, no matter their faith?

When Lord Sacks, chief rabbi in England, rose in the House of Lords to speak about the persecution of Christians, he quoted Martin Luther King. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

I would bet my house that nobody in the House of Lords endeavored to do anything beyond one or two “harrrumphs” to respond to this pitiful state of affairs.

Here is a more comprehensive list of anti-Christian violence just from the past month or so.