A Different Christmas Poem
By Michael Marks

A Soldier’s Christmas was the first in a series of patriotic writings, drafted on Pearl Harbor Day 2000 when in the wake of the 2000 Presidential Election our nation saw the right of US Armed Forces personnel openly questioned and debated. I felt it unconscionable that at the onset of the Christmas season, those serving to defend our nation would hear anything but our love and support. It is our challenge to stand for their rights at home while they stand for our lives and safety overseas. This poem went out and quickly spread around the world in emails, letters, magazines. I received letters from Marines in Bosnia, soldiers in Okinawa, from a submariner who xeroxed a copy for everyone on his sub. Moms wrote, dads, brothers and sisters. I have saved and cherish every letter and set out to continue writing throughout the year.

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PD survey results


Filed Under General on Nov 28 

Some of you have asked if we would make the survey results public. Ask and ye shall receive:


Give them a look and come back to discuss.



One of our longest serving contributors and a current editor here at PD, David Jefferson-Walker-Hussein Kaiser, is rumored to have proposed to his sweetheart last night. Did he have Whodat write a poem? Did he present any polling data on his worthiness as a mate? And why, pray tell, did she say yes? His looks? Sense of humor? Huge financial stake in PD?

We need answers, DK.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
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Last year’s turkey hit the spot! You can check out the carcass here. So we are pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Big Turkey Award. This year we had a three way tie for first place! The winners are General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner, Jr., Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally, and Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli. Anyone who spends $20 G’s on a private jet to Washington where they beg for billions in government backed loans has got to be a turkey. Rumor has it that’s the execs might carpool for their next trip to Washington. That might be a good idea!

Big Media served over conventional wisdom

We think Jay Leno summed it up:

“They each took their own private jet that cost $20,000 round trip. And here’s the sad part, today the Japanese announced they have a jet that costs half that and gets better mileage.”

Rick, Alan and Robert, you are all big turkeys. And we salute you!

Happy Thanksgiving!


No, you don’t have to go to the dictionary to find the definition of “emolument”. I have taken the liberty of doing that for you. You can thank me later.


n. Payment for an office or employment; compensation.

[Middle English, from Latin Ä“molumentum, gain, originally a miller’s fee for grinding grain, from Ä“molere, to grind out :

Now that we’ve got that figured out, I’m sure you’re wondering why Hillary might have a problem with a word most non-lawyers have never heard of, much less used in everyday conversation.
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Everyone should have a list of things and people for which they are grateful. Indulge me for a few paragraphs while I share one of those people with you.

I’m grateful for a man by the name of Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann. If you aren’t familiar with that name, you should be. Here’s why:

In the weeks following September 11, 2001 Mike Spann found himself at the very tip of America’s spear as the first counterattack in what would come to be known as the Global War on Terror. In late November 2001 – as most Americans gathered around their Thanksgiving tables – Mike Spann was hunting terrorists in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. An Operations Officer in the elite paramilitary corps of the CIA, Mike volunteered for the dangerous assignment.
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I’m not sure whether to feel a little bit frightened at my new-found psychic powers, or to check myself into a mental institution to cure my delusional status.

 It all started, innocently enough two days ago, when I posted a caption to the always entertaining “Photo of the Day” here at good ‘ole PD.  The “POD” for that day showed Hillary speaking (droning on and on?), while Obama looks on with a slightly bemused expression.


 My feeble attempt at humor was:


  • Gary Russell on 23.11.2008 at 23:39 (Reply)Step One:
    Appoint Hillary my Sec. of State.

    Step Two:
    Arrange for an international crisis in Iceland that will require her to be there 24/7 for the next four years!

    My evil plan is almost complete.

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    Imagine my shock when I crank up the old computer this morning and find the following headline in the news:


    I was right!  Obama had an evil, masterful plan to get Hillary out of Washington and out of the country.  Who knew that he had such powers over the political process in Iceland (though, I understand that he might have a long-lost relative living in a shack there).



    Paraphrased from the article by Gary Palmer, President of the Alabama Policy Institute.

    On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans will gather with their families and friends to celebrate a uniquely American holiday, a day of thanksgiving, a day devoted to remembering their blessings.

    But there is more to the story then you might have been taught.

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    Palin for the Execution of Turkey in Alaska

    Tina Fey could not make this footage any funnier.

    What is the guy in the background thinking?

    President-elect Barack Obama took to the airwaves today and outlined his “plan” to pluck the American economy from the ditch. He promised to create 2.5 million new jobs with the following strategy:

    * Rebuild roads and bridges
    * Modernize schools
    * Develop alternative energy sources and more fuel efficient cars

    Forgive me if I don’t see 2.5 million new jobs in that strategy. Actually, it kind of reminds me of Mike Huckabee’s economic stimulus plan. His big idea was to widen I-95 from Miami to Bangor, Maine. Maybe Huck can make a play for Secretary of Transportation on Team Obama.

    The devil is always in Obama’s details. That devil is always hard to find because so few details are actually provided at any given time. After reading Barry’s remarks, I was reminded of a newspaper cartoon I saw years ago. It explains Barry’s economic plan better than he does.
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