The first snowfall in Ithaca so far this year.

  • Gingrich poses an asymmetrical threat to Obama.  Isn’t that how you fight an opponent which is better funded and better organized?
  • All those commentators at The Washington Examiner who hate Newt because he was a “lobbyist” in reality if not legally, are curiously silent about Mitt Romney’s Lobbyist Connections.  (I guess lefty-bloggers and websites will have to do the vetting for us, after the nomination.)
  • In a profile of Newt’s conversions to Catholicism which is not a complete and total hit job, NYT makes sure to point out Newt’s a new breed of “culture wars Catholic.”  Because the NYT loved that old breed of Catholic, right?
  • Keystone pipeline is part of payroll “tax” (not really a tax, supposed to be FICA contribution) holiday extension, but not really.  Simply forces Obama to make a decision sooner, but expect him to come up with a non-decision decision.  Nonetheless, a small victory.
  • John Bolton on the greatest misconception that Democrats have about Republicans
  • Rudy in trouble.
  • A different Rudy gives a full-throttled defense of Newt. (h/t hamilcarb in the Tip Line)
  • There will be a third-party on the ballot in all 57 states.  Seems like a Decaffinated Party.  My feeling is that it hurts Obama, what say you?
  • Hezbollah killer of 5 American soldiers handed over to Iraqis.  How long before he’s released or miraculously escapes? (I say weeks not months).
  • Flashback: Hitchens Gives Finger to Maher’s Studio Audience for ‘Frivolous’ Jeering (warning, shows Hitch giving the finger, multiple times)
  • Obama’s mentor makes list of Top 10 anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements of 2011. (h/t reader Rick)
  • Memories.  Bill Whittle on Palin Haters. (embed below)  Listening to this gets me furious, again.