It’s one of my most favorite times of the year, and as we all celebrate Christmas (or to my Jewish friends, Hanukkah) and welcome in a New Year, it’s time we took a look at this year’s Naughty and Nice List.

Some boys and girls have been on their best behavior this year, standing up for the virtues of decency, honesty, morality and the side of freedom and goodness. Others shouldn’t be surprised if Santa Claus and his reindeer decide to pass them over when it comes to holiday cheer.

Put a lump of coal in Rosie O’Donnell‘s stocking. The belligerent talk show host of “The View” once fooled people into believing that she was the “Queen of Nice.” Now the world knows that was all an act, and the snarky, ugly side of Rosie is on full display five days a week.

“Ching Chong Rosie” makes fun of Asians but defends Islamic terrorists, telling Americans not to “fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers.” Next from Rosie: attacks on Santa Claus for being a homophobe.

Opposite Rosie O’Donnell is the inner and outer beauty of LeAnn Rimes, who makes this year’s Nice List. While Rosie has worked to backstab U.S. troops, LeAnn has been a proud patriot lending her time and voice to the pro-troops movement, singing for the troops throughout the nation and around the world.

At a time when so many vocalists have turned to intimations of sex to sell records, Rimes maintains a sense of class and dignity that is unparalleled. She is a role model to young women everywhere, and her charitable efforts have touched the lives and hearts of countless people.

Add Pat Dollard to the list of those who have been nice. The one-time self-described “Hollywood Pimp” traded in his high-powered lunches with Hollywood’s A-listers and headed over to Iraq to document the gritty heroics of U.S. troops fighting for the cause of freedom.

That included surviving IED attacks on a unit he was traveling with. As one of his compatriots, Capt. Iglesias, points out, Pat “sacrificed all of his material possessions and put his life on the line in order to tell the story that no one else wanted to tell. To think this man could have, and almost did, die just so he could bring a reality to the American people that would otherwise be unknown.”

If Pat Dollard represents one of the John Wayne masculine men of 2006, then former Secretary of State James Baker represents the prototype creepy effetes of the political establishment.

While Dollard survived enemy attacks from terrorists, Baker had only to endure a cup of tea that was a bit too lukewarm for his liking while he dined in the safe confines of Baghdad’s “Green Zone.”

Baker only dropped in for one very brief visit to the safe zone of Iraq before he got together with some of the Foggy Bottom crowd to scribble the Iraq Surrender Group report. That’s the report, you’ll recall, that appallingly called for terrorist states Iran and Syria to lead the fight against terrorism in Iraq.

The Iraq Surrender Group report also piled on Israel, demanding that the Israelis give up more land to Palestinian suicide bombers and Hezbollah terrorist cells.

James Baker deserves to be walloped upside the head with a stocking full of coal this Christmas. He is a disgrace to this nation at a critical time in history, serving the interests of his Saudi Arabian employers instead of the interests of the American people.

Joining Baker in the pool of Republicans who embarrass their own party is Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. As conservative activist Doug Patton points out, the “R” after Specter’s name stands for RINO, not Republican.

But, like Baker, the problem with Specter is that he’s not just betraying his party’s conservative principles – now he’s betraying his nation.

Specter is heading over to Syria to see if he can usurp Neville Chamberlain and Jimmy Carter as history’s greatest appeasers of evil. Bah Humbug to him!

Back to some of the good people on the Nice List, one has to cheer the fantastic efforts of Internet blogger Michelle Malkin. Malkin has been a leader in the fight against terrorism, regularly scooping the mainstream media on the acts of Islamic jihadists and their allies.

She has pointed out the media’s bias against the U.S. and Israel in the fight against terrorism time and again. Especially impressive was her expose of doctored photographs by Reuters, which intentionally misrepresented the damage caused by Israel’s retaliatory strikes against Hezbollah targets.

Malkin has endured countless threats of violence directed at her, from purported “peace activists” at UC Santa Cruz, one of the nation’s most liberal colleges.

Retired Col. Gordon Cucullu makes my list of people you want with you in a foxhole, and he is high up there on the Nice List. The author of “Separated at Birth: How North Korea became the Evil Twin,” he has just returned from the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, where he exposed the fact that over 14,000 Americans sent Christmas cards to the terrorists. Yes, I said the TERRORISTS.

Those 14,000 notes of holiday cheer to the terrorists vastly outnumbers the number of Christmas cards that were sent to the 9,000 American troops who are spending their holiday away from their families, while dodging human bodily fluid “cocktails” thrown in their faces.

My Christmas wish this year is that upstanding Americans like LeAnn Rimes, Pat Dollard, Michelle Malkin and Gordon Cucullu are given a more prominent place at the media’s family dinner table.

My wish for those evil appeasers of both political parties is for them to be permanently seated at the kiddies’ table – never again allowed to dine with the adults of political discourse.

Ho.Ho.Ho. That would make a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, indeed.

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