Misc. linkage for Christmas Eve eve and weekend open thread

—- It’s always sad when a good blog hangs up their hat and Southern Appeal is no exception. I always enjoyed reading the blog posts of Steve Dillard and the other contributors to the SA blog. While I’m saddened to see them closing up shop, I wish them well in all of their future endeavors.

—- Tom Maguire has a prediction posted about the Duke lacrosse case: DA Mike Nifong will drop all the remaining charges against the three accused Duke players on or by the Feb. 5th hearing.

—- Target Corp. has pulled their Che Guevara CD cases out of their stores after business columnists at Investor’s Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal made a stink about the cases bearing the image of the Commie-Marxist. (Hat tip: Tom Blumer)

—- Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Rep. and senator-elect Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have an opinion piece in today’s WaPo explaining why they believe free trade hurts.

—- The liberal Media Matters has named ABC “Misinformer of the Year.” Brian at Iowa Voice blogs about why that’s so laughable.

—- The Associated Press has a rundown of strange seasonal crimes that have been committed over the last few weeks. The one I just blogged about apparently didn’t happen before the deadline for that piece ;)

—- In the middle of his heated feud with “The View” co-host Rosie O, giving Miss USA a second chance, as well as approving the firing of Miss Nevada over some uh – shall we say “risque” – photos taken of her at a club – photos that were unbecoming of a Miss Nevada, Donald Trump has found the time to sue Palm Beach, FL in dispute over a supposedly too-tall (to Palm Beach) flagpole he has the US flag hanging on at his Mar-a-Lago Club.

—- Josh Trevino, guest blogging at Hugh Hewitt’s blog slams Senator John Kerry’s latest op-ed – and Kerry – here. OUCH.

—- Jim at bRight and Early wonders why a certain ‘spying’ program has been allowed to continue on for generations in this country without investigation or oversight … make sure to read that one very carefully :)

Moonbat roasts himself on an open fire

And Jack Frost wasn’t nipping at his nose.

Tou’ll never believe why this guy did this … or maybe you will. Via AP:

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A man used flammable liquid to light himself on fire, apparently to protest a San Joaquin Valley school district’s decision to change the names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter vacation.

The man, who was not immediately identified, on Friday also set fire to a Christmas tree, an American flag and a revolutionary flag replica, said Fire Captain Garth Milam.

Seeing the flames, Sheriff’s Deputy Lance Ferguson grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the man.

Flames were devouring a Christmas tree next to the Liberty Bell, where public events and demonstrations are common.

Beside the tree the man stood with an American flag draped around his shoulders and a red gas can over his head.

Seeing the deputy, the man poured the liquid over his head. He quickly burst into flames when the fumes from the gas met the flames from the tree.

The deputy ordered the man to drop to the ground as he and a parole agent sprayed him with fire extinguishers.

“The man stood there like this,” the deputy said with his arms across his chest and his head bent down, “Saying no, no, no.”

The man suffered first degree burns on his shoulders and arms, Milam said.

Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy John Leyendecker said the man had a sign that read: “(expletive) the religious establishment and KHSD.”

Allah has photo stills from the video footage taken by the local NBC affiliate (KGET) covering the story.

Definitely pictures to share with loved ones around the holidays. “Hey, ma, look what I did!”

Others blogging about this: Blue Crab Boulevard, Gateway Pundit, Verum Serum

Good news from Afghanistan

The AP is reporting this morning that the US military has killed a top Taliban commander who they describe as a “close associate of Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar” earlier this week.

Way to go, guys!

Hat tip: The Astute Bloggers

Update: In other war on terror-related news, AQ’s #2 Ayman al Zawahri is claiming that that Al Qaeda should claim credit for the Republican defeat in the elections last month. Brian Ross has the details here, details you will likely not see anywhere else in the MSM.

Regardess of what you think about AQ propaganda and whether or not it should be taken seriously, this latest message from Zawahri is even more proof that Al Qaeda pays attention to what we say and do over here. I have argued with my liberal friends up one side and down the other about how the enemy keeps a close watch on what’s happening here in the US, and most of them just come back at me by saying or implying that AQ doesn’t have time to pay attention to what goes on here. What that demonstrates to me is that they have a fundamental lack of understanding about how the enemy operates. They DO analyze what we do here, make no mistake about it.