Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Fab 50 Blog Awards: You Like Me! You Really Like Me!

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Groucho once said that “any club that would have me as a member isn’t worth joining,” and I agree with that when it comes to almost everything except Doug Ross’s “Fab 50” blog awards.

Michelle Malkin was named “Best Political Blog” and I share the “Best Pinch Hitter” honors for my guest-host duties at Michelle’s place. I shared the “pinch hitter” nod with Jennifer of Cubachi, a great blogger who also fills in at Hot Air, Liberty Pundits, Dan Riehl and others.

Read the entire list. There’s some talented company listed by a great blogger in his own right who deserves a spot atop his own awards list — but I guess he was too humble to give himself an award. Hey, there should be an award for that.

Photo of the Day

We’ll start getting back to full speed here as soon as I work off all the prime rib, rolls, stuffing and pie (has anybody ever had chocolate covered potato chips? Sounds gross but it’s actually quite addictive). Hopefully you all had a good Christmas too.

Speaking of Christmas, yesterday, President Obama and the First Lady, who came along to personally give everybody a temporary dessert waiver, visited Marines and their families at a military base in Hawaii, where the prez was greeted warmly:

Update: The boy is a Marine’s son. Oorah!

Bush Sells As Many Books in a Month As Clinton Did in 6 Years

It’s going to kill MSNBC to have to report this… if they ever do:

Former U.S. President George W Bush’s memoir has sold an astonishing two million copies since it was released in early November – and it’s not even in paperback yet.

‘Decision Points’, published both in hardcover and e-book form, is flying off the shelves, the Crown Publishing Group says.

By contrast, former president Bill Clinton’s memoir, ‘My Life’, has logged sales of 2.2million copies since it was first published in 2004.

Comparing sales on the first week of their release, Clinton’s book sold more copies that Bush’s, but that was from people clamoring for blow-by-blow details — if you’ll pardon the expression — that weren’t really there, so Clinton’s sales tapered off much faster than Bush’s. In fairness though, Clinton’s sales were hurt by the fact that many would-be readers were simply not strong enough to carry the book to the cash register.

But don’t worry about Bubba — he got a $15 million advance for My Life. Bush reportedly got a $7 million advance for Decision Points.

Clinton’s book ended up selling around 2.25 million — lots of books, but Sarah Palin sold over 2.7 million copies of Going Rogue last year, and by the time it’s all said and done, Bush will probably sell well over 3 million copies of Decision Points. Books by or about Republicans simply tend to be read by more people. Case in point: look at what Barack Obama’s supposedly reading in Hawaii on vacation.

RIP: Splash — Ted Kennedy’s Beloved Dog, Symbol of Irony

When Ted Kennedy named one of his dogs “Splash” it was almost as if he was mocking critics of his controversial past (it was like the Captain of the Titanic naming his pet “Iceberg”). But that’s neither her nor there. Splash has passed on, and he’s now up there or wherever with the rest of the boys of Camelot sniffing around Marilyn Monroe’s bloomers.

From FOX LA:

One of Washington D.C.’s most famous canines, a Portuguese water dog named Splash who was a constant companion to late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, had died, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

In an email announcing the death of the 13-year-old canine, Kennedy’s widow, Vicki wrote: “I like to think that he and his Master are playing tennis ball fetch again tonight.”

Rest in peace, Splash. Tell your master that Scott Brown, the guy who took his Senate seat, is well on his way to being a letdown for conservatives — that should help make his night.

Stage Diving, Romanian Parliament Style

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A reminder of why Romania is starting to go bat-shait crazy: Public sector jobs account for one-third of the Romanian work force. That’s not anywhere near sustainable (“sustainability” is a word libs love unless it refers to the public trough) and slashing and burning isn’t optional, but inevitable.

But some obviously can’t take it, but I can’t help but wonder if this guy wasn’t half expecting somebody to try and catch him. It didn’t happen:

The ‘Most Productive Congress in Decades’?

A Washington Post article here parrots what I’ve read in other papers and seen trumpeted on most news channels for the past few days: The 111th Congress was the most productive in decades!

It’s the word “productive” that’s a joke. Big deal — termites once had a “productive” year on a house I used to live in. The mid 1970’s were “productive” for Ted Bundy.

The 111th Congress was so “productive” that voters couldn’t wait to flush a good part of it down the toilet. There’s got to be a word to describe the 111th Congress that’s more accurate than “productive” — “destructive” perhaps? “Irresponsible”? “Pitiful”? “Bankrupt”? “Corrupt”?

Chyron Graphic Fail of the Week

What happens when you’re a Fox News producer, one of your guests is both a “holocaust survivor” and a “Nobel Prize winner,” and you’ve asked a studio intern to combine those two items into a one-line description? You proof-read it before it goes on the air, that’s what:

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Mediaite has the video.

Barney Frank Asked if Gay Men Should Be Allowed to Shower With Straight Men — Gee, I Wonder What His Answer Was

Barack Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal this morning — time to hit the showers, fellas!

From The Blaze:

Not allowing gay military personnel to shower with straight military peronnel would be “discrimination.” That’s the position of Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), an openly gay member of Congress who is a proponent of banishing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Frank told CNSNews.com that the idea that people might be concerned over gays and straights showering together, and the possible disruption it could case, is a “silly issue.”

In that case, Barney would think I’m very discriminatory, because I don’t want to shower with any men.

If it’s discriminatory to forbid gay men from showering with straight men, does that mean it’s discriminatory to keep straight men from showering with women? God I hope so.

Alan Colmes: More Terror Plots are Hatched by Angry White Non-Muslims

Do liberal talking heads really wonder why they never have their own TV or radio shows that do jack squat in the ratings? Who wants to watch “beyond stupid” for any length of time?

By way of Gateway Pundit:

“The issue is that more of these plots have been hatched by non-Muslims… It’s not just one group. 72 Americans. Angry white Americans. People who are angry at the country who fly planes at the IRS building. People like Tim McVeigh. Angry white Americans.”

Monica Crowley corrected Alan Colmes pointing out that of there have been 126 terror-related arrests in the United States in the last two years… And all of the terror suspects were Muslim.

When Colmes says “angry white people” he’s not talking about William Ayers (old pal of the president Colmes defends daily, by the way) either. He’s talking about right-wing “tea party” types. As far as that goes, it’s “strike three” for Alan, because Joseph Stack, the guy in his example who flew into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, hated Bush/Cheney, was anti-corporate, anti-church, thought the American medical system needed fundamental change and loathed private health insurance companies. Hell, that’s like reading Alan Grayson’s resume — they’re certainly not “angry white Tea Party” platforms. Technically Colmes was correct — Stack wasn’t a Muslim — but his insinuation was misguided as usual.

Roll the idiocy:

I’m continually amazed by people who would rather die for PC than accept even a sliver of the truth.

Of course, Alan Colmes may consider last month’s election results to be tantamount to terrorism, so in his head he probably makes sense.

Pelosi’s Proudest Moment as Speaker: Ramming Through That Bill That Helped Get Her Party’s Ass Kicked Last Month

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This is a little like Joe Hazelwood saying the proudest moment of his tanker captain career was when he had the honor of covering the Prince William Sound with oil, and that the harbor seals and clams were just too stupid to know what a favor he did for them.

From Politico:

“Every minute is a new minute to me,” says Nancy Pelosi, and, with boxes packed in the hall outside, the soon-to-be former speaker has already jumped ahead to her vision of the “humming, whirling entity” House Democrats can still be in the coming Congress.

“I’m obviously devastated by the loss we had,” she admits. But expect no tears, no retreat on health care reform.

“Nothing compares — in anything I have ever done — with passing the health care bill.”

I don’t disagree, but amazingly enough I think she’s speaking of that with a level of pride instead of embarrassment. That said, nothing says “it’s a good day” like the visual of Nancy Pelosi moving out of the Speaker’s office, does it?

Pelosi’s final favorable rating as Speaker was the lowest it’s ever been. Yeah, America greatly appreciates the really expensive free stuff, Nanc!