Brocker.Org: Book Review – Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly


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I have browse various of the prior textbooks by Invoice O’Reilly which include: The No Spin Zone, Who’s On the lookout Out For You, The O’Reilly Aspect For Children (I am nonetheless a kid at coronary heart), Tradition Warrior and A Daring Fresh Piece Of Humanity. I even browse O’Reilly’s only novel — Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Tv and Murder. And I look at the O’Reilly Aspect practically each weekday evening, both at 8pm, or the repeat showing at 11pm.

So you could say I like the dude a small little bit. O’Reilly is a great deal like me a ideal of center human being, not influenced by the pinheads who populate the significantly left, or the significantly ideal ends of the political spectrum. Unquestionably he’s not as significantly ideal as the male whose clearly show follows his, Sean Hannity, who by no means presents the Democrats, or liberals even a person small accolade, no issue how exemplary their steps might be.

In his No Spin Zone, O’Reilly tells it like it is, and woe to his guest who won’t response the problem he asks and goes off on a tangent, or inane conversing level. I experienced drill sergeants in boot camp fewer scary than O’Reilly when he’s warm. Just request Barney Frank, who O’Reilly filleted from throat to sternum, then down his flabby again.

Each and every night, O’Reilly ends his clearly show with a segment referred to as Pinheads and Patriots. Some nights a human being who experienced been a Pinhead in the earlier, now does a little something that elevates them to Patriot status. And vice versa.

O’Reilly starts “Pinheads and Patriots” with the definition of a pinhead by A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. “Pinhead – a uncomplicated fellow, a fool. So small a head have but several brains.”

Then he follows with the Urban Dictionary’s version. “A single who lacks the intelligence of the ‘normal’ sector of the human inhabitants a person who are unable to cope with the most mundane tasks because of to absence of popular perception and intelligence.”

Then he names names.

Patriot — The late Tony Snow, who was a Fox News anchor, then later on main spokesman for the Bush White Dwelling. Snow died right after a two-12 months battle with cancer. O’Reilly wrote, “Tony Snow is the bravest male I ever met.” He points out why.

Pinhead — Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who O’Reilly lambastes beneath the heading “The Cowardly Lion.” Frank, the chairman of the Dwelling Economic Products and services committee, extra than everyone else was dependable for the present property finance loan disaster. Frank oversaw the catastrophe of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and even reported months in advance of the collapse that points were being fine and dandy with these two property finance loan giants. Nonetheless when he appeared on the O’Reilly Aspect, Frank refused to accept even a person iota of blame. He reported he was a “target of economic chaos.” Pinhead for absolutely sure.

Considering the fact that President Obama is on the deal with struggling with O’Reilly, you’d feel O’Reilly experienced him lined up for Pinhead-dom. Not legitimate. O’Reilly details out various occasions in which Obama was a legitimate Patriot. He cites the time at a City Hall conference on Father’s Working day, when Obama reported to gentlemen who father youngsters and leave them: “Just mainly because your father was not there for you, that’s not an justification for you to be absent, also – it is all the extra cause for you to be present. You have an obligation to split the cycle and master from these errors, and to increase up in which your personal fathers fell short and to do much better than they did with your personal youngsters.”

Truly the text of a Patriot.

Right before the Presidential election, Obama shunned any interview with Fox News, other than with a person human being — Invoice O’Reilly. In “Pinheads and Patriots,” O’Reilly presents us the total transcript of his interview with Obama, which lasted about 30 minutes. Then at intervals, he points out how points Obama reported in the interview both panned out, or did not pan out for the President. He also normally takes Obama to job for not admitting he was mistaken about the surge in Iraq. Obama admits in the interview that the surge worked, but stops short of offering then President Bush any credit rating at all.

The again and forth went like this:

Obama: What I have reported is – I have currently reported it is really (the surge) has succeeded beyond our wildest desires.

O’Reilly: Proper, so why are not able to you just say, “I was mistaken about the surge?”

Obama hems and haws, but by no means after did he say “I was mistaken.” And as we have discovered out in the 21 months of his Presidency, he might be incapable of declaring he was mistaken about nearly anything, other than probably about the White Sox winning the Entire world Sequence.

A single of the finest chapters in the reserve is entitled, “My All-Time Favored P& Ps.” With out me offering away who’s-who and what is actually-what, O’Reilly presents his viewpoint on, amongst some others, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, U.S. Grant, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Robert Kennedy, each Bush’s, Cesar Chavez. John Edwards, Madonna, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and George Soros. Some of his conclusions might surprise you.

On O’Reilly’s web page, the reserve sells for $27.95, but he throws in a nifty “Pinheads and Patriots” tote bag. I bought mine at for fewer than sixteen bucks, and mainly because I have Amazon Primary, I bought cost-free shipping (but no tote bag).

“Pinheads and Patriots” is should reading through for any O’Reilly admirer. And even persons who are not far too nuts about O’Reilly, need to delight in reading through this even-handed reserve far too.

Unless of course you happen to be a Pinhead. Then there is practically nothing I can do for you in any case.