Freedom of Speech “Threatening”

At least according to Bill O’Reilly, who felt the “demented pinhead” that heckled former president George H.W. Bush recently in a Houston pizzeria should have been arrested by the Secret Service and “held accountable.” For what exactly, isn’t quite clear. “Can’t let that stuff go,” said Bill O, shaking his head in disgust.

At a stretch, I suppose some of the heckler’s comments could have been construed as possibly slanderous in nature (e.g., calling him a “murderous, Zionist, piece of shit” and blaming him for the death of millions), but otherwise there doesn’t seem to be anything remotely illegal in what the man did by publicly rebuking the former president.

Update: And speaking of post-presidential Bush indignities…

Palin Joins Fox Fold

As you’ve no doubt already heard, it was announced yesterday that Sarah Palin has signed a multi-year contract with Fox News. The former half-term Alaska governor, maverick Republican vice presidential candidate, Facebook blogger, and autobiographical co-author will make appearances on various programs on the cable channel contributing her incoherent, fact-free blather as an “analyst” of some kind. She’s also to be host of an occasional program which will chronicle inspirational stories of ordinary Americans overcoming adversity (like, for example, being catastrophically ignorant).

“I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at FOX News,” Palin is claimed to have said in a network press release. “It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” the statement added without a trace of breathtaking irony.

When ambushed by TMZ outside a terminal at New York’s JFK Airport, shortly after the news broke yesterday, Palin smiled for the camera and asked, “What would America do without Fox News?”

Indeed. Be slightly less retarded, perhaps?