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While the eyes of the world are focused on rumors of war in Iran, it should not go un-noticed that the US is also coming into the fourth year of what chickenhawk extraordinaire Bill O'Reilly has dubbed the "War on Xmas (Ed. Note: slightly edited to drain some of the propaganda content). Fear-monger Bill O, which media watchers have found to issue insults every 9 seconds or so, is moving to the season where his grazing pattern for topics of insult since Xmas 2004 has been the artifically created "War on Xmas."
  The casual diarist would be forgiven for falling into a high dudgeon expression of snarkery. (Follow Father Xmas down the chimney, s.v.p.)

My first temptation was just to do a straw poll, placing virtual bets on the date that Bill O renews the fall offensive. His opening shot, as far as I can tell, began Nov 9, 2004. John Gibson's The War Against Christmas added fuel to the "artifically burning Yule fire" in the war of words on the air for subsequent seasons. And of course, who could forget the verbal cudgels of "writer" Michelle Malkin against the US Post Office for trying to drop the Madonna and Child stamps in favor of Christmas Cookie stamps, which were set to go on sale Oct 20. Will the fall offensive begin Oct 20, or will it hold off until the Nov 9th anniversary date? Can't say for sure, but somebody in the office should be designing sheets for betting in the snark's office pool. (See also Media Matters for America, 11-21-2005on this topic.
  But upon closer inspection, there seems to be more poison in the proverbial pen this year, focused more precisely on fighting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). So, however much fun people wish to poke at the Joe McCarthy-like contortions of an on-air O'Reilly, to avoid the danger of underestimating the opponent, it's worth, IMO, a bit of time to take a look as some of the people that have allied themselves with the O'Bloviator.
  The phrase you want to type into your search engine (Google-ize?) is Alliance Defense Fund(ADF) Poke around on the site, and you'll see that the big legal cheese is Edwin Alan Sears, but the more familiar names on the masthead are Dr. James Dobson, of the religious right Focus on the Family, which claims its aim in supporting the ADF is defending against the loss of religious freedom, and "driving back the homosexual agenda." The list ADF says are its supporters include none other than former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, whose widely-touted war against pornography ended up being a total waste of taxpayer money. Not surprisingly, there is the Federalist Society, part of whose object is to stack the courts with "strict constructionists," who so far have allowed habeus corpus to pass into oblivion, so we know how the neo-con theory explodes on contact with reality like an aluminum can in a microwave oven.
  Not to be ignored among supporters are groups that back "Intelligent Design" (an oxymoron that collapses the theory completely when put side by side with the double oxymorons "Fox News" and "No Spin Zone") and Regent University, producers of squads of nominal "attornies" who need to be house-cleaned as a result of the scandal involving stacking of federal attornies for the purpose of suppressing the vote, particularly of minorites, in an effort to stack the deck in favor a Republicans in elections--in blatant and illegal defiance of the Voting Rights Act.
  The ADF has already published diatribes against the ACLU, and funds efforts for constitutional amendments to protect marriage in the male-female only model (Or Ozzie and Harriet, if you prefer). ADF claims alliance with 270 ministries, and ADF has funded court cases in about six right-leaning states, mostly in the south, but they have efforts in California also.
 Like a three-card monte dealer, Bill O's chief concern seems to be finding a source of ready cash, playing Sideshow Bob to Rush Limbaugh's Crusty the Clown, in a shameless competition for cold cash and maybe a side bet on who has more listeners among Blackwater "executive bodyguards." But, thanks to the deus ex machina role of Sandra Day O'Connor in aborting the 2000 election that delivered the incubus of another Bush occupation of the White House, the power of the religious right to exert their Taliban-light religious and homophobic agenda against the wishes of the body politic should not be underestimated.
  This year it looks like the wingnut playbook is taking aim against the ACLU, who of course have the "Secular-Progressive" agenda, including habeus corpus. My humble suggestion is not to take Bill O too lightly, because the object seems to be to take out the ACLU as an institution. And, as anyone who's been exposed to the court system knows, the party of the fat bankbook part often bests the party of the public interest part, expecially in districts of the judge needs votes to get elected part. Xmas cookie stamps, anyone?

Originally posted to jfdunphy on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 09:17 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip jar .... (5+ / 0-)

    Milk and cookies or a tour of Christmas Past with Jacob Marley?

  •  Bill-O's plate is pretty full right now (4+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, jfdunphy, ZappoDave, irishwitch

    Between tracking down media critics and fantasies about strangling people, I think Bill might be too busy to worry about Christmas.  

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 09:17:55 PM PDT

    •  People who bet against the House (0+ / 0-)

      get the long odds ..... My virtual Euro bets that Bill O won't wait until Nov 9th to start milking the Xmas money .... previous research indicates Bill O gets a nice fat check for appearing to wingers on the topic of the War on Xmas .... Chances are his booking agent already has the plane tickets to the speaking gig .... but that's me ....

      •  Hmmmm (2+ / 0-)
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        It seems to me that Christmas season now starts a couple of weeks before Halloween.  In fact, my daughter got a "Holiday Fundraiser" packet on Friday...uh oh...there really is a war on Christmas.  :-O

        Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

        by Barbara Morrill on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 09:45:32 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe it's global warming, but Haloween (2+ / 0-)
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          decorations are already going up in our metro area ...  so by the Halloween measure, my diary on Bill O is already late .... Like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, I have to say, Oh my gosh, I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date .....

          •  Have you checked (1+ / 0-)
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            ...the FOX site to see if their "O'Reilly Factor Holiday Ornaments" are available yet?  That's the true test.

            Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

            by Barbara Morrill on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 10:32:13 PM PDT

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            •  It appears so .... never been that deep inside (1+ / 0-)
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              a Fox "News" website before .... Naturally, the ornament is half in Red Ink .... Pity the poor sweatshop that has to turn out these items .... One pictures a Chinese commune with child labor turning out the silver and red ornaments, while their government arranges arms shipments to continue any number of low- and high-intensity conflicts ....

  •  Is it War on Christmas season already? (3+ / 0-)
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    Beyond just the sheer nonsense, one bizzare thing about the fake War on Christmas is that it is a complete inversion of complaints that Christians have had about Christmas. They complained that it was too secularized and two commercialized. But Bill's rants subvert this - he promotes even further commercialization.

    The only people to have ever waged a war on Christmas were the Puritans. They managed to ban it for quite some time.

    Christmas is probably the most celebrated holiday in the US. There is no war against it. Until recently, it was a minor holiday in the Christian calendar. Easter, aside from selling a lot of candy, passes by without much notice. Where's the outrage over Easter?

    It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

    by A Citizen on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 10:50:33 PM PDT

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      the War for Easter.

      Wear a nice bonnet

      •  The War against Advent! (0+ / 0-)

        Bill is always ranting and raving that people aren't saying "Merry Christmas" starting the day after Thanksgiving. We don't say "Happy 4th of July" a month before the 4th of July.

        The month before Christmas isn't Christmas, it's Advent! You never hear anyone say "Happy Advent", do you? There must be a war against Advent going on!

        It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

        by A Citizen on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 08:54:53 PM PDT

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    •  To answer your question, it doesn't seem that (0+ / 0-)

      Bill O is yet in full throat over the "War on Xmas," yet--I just thought that the upcoming Nov. 9 anniversary should not slip below the radar of propaganda watchers, whose systems, under the Bush regime, are understandably stressed--with the cascading effects of things like the Attorney General scandal, Larry Craig (does the general public still remember Jack Abramoff?). Bush's "flood the zone" strategy could overwhelm, were it not for the thousands of "neighborhood watch" projects seeking to preserve some semblance of democracy.
       BarbinMD, however, ever sharp-eyed, does point out the Holiday Ornament sales on the Fox News website, so if that's a leading indicator, then the front lines of the War on Xmas are already manned on the Red States side. Will the winner be the side that shops the most?   Does that mean that the fate of democracy rests in the hands of shoppers hardened to shopping conditions like the opening of the basement sale at Filene's, or X-box sales .... Will the next Cabbage Patch kid fad actually be historically important than and election? Stranger things have happened, as revealed in coctail party talk by Sandra Day O'Connor in the aftermath of the Year 2000 "strict constructionist" coronation of Bush the lesser.

  •  The War on Christmas is canceled (1+ / 0-)
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    "You hear that you pin heads? Canceled. I'm coming after you .... the media. So look out. I'm coming after you. To your house. I'm putting all of you on notice:

    BBC

    CBS

    CNN

    ABC

    MSNBC

    Media Matters

    George Soros

    Media Matters

    George Soros

    and that guy who sold me the pretzel last week that was cold.

    You're all on notice.

    And DailyKos? I haven't forgotten about you.

    I coming after you! YOU! All of you ..... ha hahahah
    ahahh ahahah ahahahaha ahahahah

    I'm Bill O'Reilly and you can take that to the bank  ahhh hahhhhh ahahahh hahhahahahahah

    Take THAT Liberal Media.

    I'm Bill O'Reilly ... and I'm not going to take it anymore ... "

    O'Reilly is hitting code Red. I say that his mental breakdown will occur in sync  with Bush's.

    I see meltdowns in the future - full on meltdowns.

    Fox News really let him put up a crawl with every media outlet in the world that is now "on notice" from Billyboy?

    bwwwwaaaa aaaaaa aaa a a aa

    Ahh Billy Boy -- you kill me ...

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