Daily Archives: December 27, 2010

Obama is USA’s most-admired man, Clinton most-admired woman

I’m certain this will make a few Obama haters’ heads explode…

USA Today

His party may have suffered a shellacking in November’s elections, but President Obama remains the unchallenged champion on another front: For the third year in a row, he is by far the most admired man in America. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues an even longer run, ranked in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll as the most admired woman for the ninth straight year. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is second, as she was in 2009.

THE OVAL: The more Obama governs, the less popular he is

Despite Americans’ unhappiness with the nation’s politics, politicians dominate both lists. The top 10 men include not only the president but also the three living former presidents. Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton take the top three spots.   Among women, nine of the top 11 are connected to politics through public service, political activism or marriage.  “It’s all about power,” says Richard Slotkin, professor emeritus of American studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. “When we think of importance, we think politically, that’s really clear — with religion a close second, though Bill Gates beats out Pope Benedict. It’s almost like a register of power.  “His party may have suffered a shellacking in November’s elections, but President Obama remains the unchallenged champion on another front: For the third year in a row, he is by far the most admired man in America.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues an even longer run, ranked in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll as the most admired woman for the ninth straight year. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is second, as she was in 2009.

 

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Sarah Palin: Winner Of The 2010 Glenn Beck Misinformer Of The Year Award

An appropriate award, no doubt…

Media Matters

In selecting the 2010 winner of the Glenn Beck Honorary Award for Excellence in Misinformation, Media Matters weighed the vigor and meticulous detail the 2009 recipient, Glenn Beck, brought to the craft.

Beck’s dedication to fabricating facts to smear those he disagrees with is so complete, we at Media Matters for America decided to name the award in his honor. Thus, it is only fitting that the recipient of the first Glenn Beck Misinformer of the Year Award would embody the spirit Glenn Beck brings to lying, distorting, and smearing; someone who regularly promotes the very same lies and extreme rhetoric as Glenn Beck; someone who truly stands with Glenn Beck.

Sarah Palin announced early this year that she would join Beck and become a Fox News contributor. Within days, Palin sat for what Beck called an “eyeball to eyeball” interview. For the rest of the year, Beck and Palin would share talking points and cross-promote each other’s violent rhetoric, falsehoods, and distortions — continuing a pattern that first emerged in 2009.

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Teena Marie, the “Ivory Queen of Soul” died on Sunday. She was 54.

Lady T (Teena Marie album)

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I was never a real fan of  Teena Marie’s music, but one can acknowledge her unique talent and presence in the world of R&B…

Yahoo News

Teena Marie, the “Ivory Queen of Soul” who developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and with hits like “Lovergirl,” “Square Biz,” and “Fire and Desire” with mentor Rick James, died on Sunday. She was 54.

A statement from Pasadena police said the death appeared to be from natural causes. The police and fire department were called to her home after family members found her unresponsive.

In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Teena Marie said she had successfully battled an addiction to prescription drugs; she went on tour last year to support her last album, “Congo Square.”

Marie certainly wasn’t the first white act to sing soul music, but she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by the black audience.

Even before she started her musical career, she had a strong bond with the black community, which she credited to her godmother. She gravitated to soul music and in her youth decided to make it her career.

Marie made her debut on the legendary Motown label back in 1979, becoming one of the very few white acts to break the race barrier of the groundbreaking black-owned record label that had been a haven for black artists like Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye.   More…

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G.O.P. to Open House to Electronic Devices

Eeek!  The GOP are becoming geeks!

The New York Times

The iPad is coming to Capitol Hill.

Tucked into new rules proposed by the incoming House Republican majority is one that could fling the chamber — for good or ill — into the 21st century: Members may use an electronic device on the House floor as long as it doesn’t “impair decorum.”

The new rule would relax the complete ban on the use of gadgets like the iPad, iPhone or BlackBerry on the floor. Mobile phones, tablet computers and the whole universe of applications that run on them will be officially available to House members as they conduct business.

Members still may not talk on the phone in the chamber and are supposed to use the devices for official business only, according to a spokesman for the soon-to-be speaker, John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio. But as long as the mute switch is on, lawmakers will be free to tap away.

“Mr. Boehner has deep respect for the institution and its traditions,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the Republicans. “This is not free license to Skype or pay bills online. But we recognize that people consume information electronically these days. It’s just silly that the House wouldn’t accommodate that.”   More…

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Obama administration, Congress brace for new political reality

One week from today, the GOP dominated 112th Congress begins it’s two year run.  What will be different, what will remain status quo?

CNN

A new political reality hits Washington next week, with the first split Congress since 2004 raising questions about whether the bipartisan cooperation of the recently concluded lame-duck session can continue.

Conventional wisdom says the shift from one party controlling both chambers, as Democrats have done since 2006, to the GOP taking over the House and holding a stronger minority stake in the Senate should mean increased partisan impasse over the next two years.

But that same conventional wisdom got turned on its head after November 2, when the electoral “shellacking” delivered to President Barack Obama and the Democrats was followed by one of the most productive post-election congressional conclusions in history.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs attributed the new bipartisanship of the post-election period to the Republican gains in the November vote.

“There was a responsibility of government that I think the Republicans got in the November elections and they began to understand that responsibility a little bit more in this lame-duck session than they had in the previous, quite frankly, 18 months or so,” Gibbs said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Republicans can no longer afford to “simply sit and say no,” Gibbs said, referring to the obstructive posture that GOP leaders generally struck in Obama’s first two years in office. Instead, he called for Republicans to be part of a constructive conversation, at least in 2011 before the presidential campaign of 2012 really heats up.

Some liberals accused Obama of giving in too easily to Republican demands on some issues, particularly in cutting a deal that extended Bush-era tax cuts to everyone after Obama had campaigned on allowing tax rates of the wealthy to return to higher levels.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told the NBC program “Meet the Press” that the new reality in Washington requires such compromise in order to do what’s best for the American people, rather than one political party or another

“There was a responsibility of government that I think the Republicans got in the November elections and they began to understand that responsibility a little bit more in this lame-duck session than they had in the previous, quite frankly, 18 months or so,” Gibbs said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”   More…

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Bush Intel. Chief: Obama ‘Has Been As Aggressive, If Not More Aggressive In Pursuing’ Terrorists

This comes as no surprise to most of Obama’s supporters…

Think Progress

For the past two years, conservatives have repeatedly attacked President Obama for supposedly endangering American lives by not being aggressive enough in going after terrorists. But a year after the failed bombing attempt on Christmas Day for which Obama received immense criticism from the right, a key Bush intelligence official refuted these right-wing attacks today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley. Retired Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under President Bush, said the Obama “administration has been as aggressive, if not more aggressive in pursuing” terror threats:

MCCONNELL: Both general Hayden and I served in the previous administration and we got a lot of criticism for being aggressive, and so on. … My observation is that the new administration has been as aggressive, if not more aggressive in pursuing these issues, because they’re real. And so, regardless of which side of the political spectrum –

CROWLEY: And you commend them for that?

MCCONNELL: I do commend them for that.

See video here:  http://cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2010/12/26/sotu.are.we.safer.now.cnn

Meanwhile, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as the head of the CIA under Bush and appeared along with McConnell on CNN today, warned against overreacting to the “low threshold” attacks that Al-Qaeda and their ideological allies now employ. “We cannot allow our response to that kind of event to turn a tactical success for Al-Qaeda into a strategic defeat for us,” Hayden said, by “overreacting to it by suppressing our commerce and our convenience.”

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Politico’s Best quotes of 2010

 

 

Politico

In a business where sound bites can be game-changers, there was no shortage of memorable lines in 2010 — both serious and not.

A single moment — scripted or otherwise — can alter the public’s perception of a politician and, therefore, that pol’s trajectory. (Try as he might, Rod Blagojevich will never escape his “I’ve got this thing and it’s f——ing golden” moment, in the same way that Mark Sanford will always be associated with the Appalachian Trail.)

Here’s POLITICO’s list of 2010′s best Politi-quotes that will shape our view of certain individuals well into 2011.

“And secondly, when is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, that you call Aqua Buddha?” — Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway

“I’m not a witch.” — Delaware Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell

“This is a big f——ing deal.” — Vice President Joe Biden

“But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, ‘They are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims,’ I get worried. I get nervous.” — Juan Williams, formerly of NPR 

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people have lost their farmland, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land — so I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough.” — Shirley Sherrod, then-Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture, in remarks made at an NAACP event

“The rent is too damn high.” — New York gubernatorial wannabe Jimmy McMillan

“Don’t Retreat, Instead — RELOAD!’” — Sarah Palin

 “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.” — Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle

 “Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!” — Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning “I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.” — Maryland resident Velma Hart

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Joe Klein: Glenn Beck Is A “Telecharlatan” With A “Phony, Professorial Air”

Time Magazine’s Joe Kline has been on point lately in his assessment of a  “bitter” Sen. John McCain and now the “Techcharlatan” Glenn Beck.  Klein is definitely on a roll!

Mediaite

During a segment on this morning’s The Chris Matthews Show, host Chris Matthews asked his panel to hand out year-end awards. Most of the broadcast was a fun discussion with good-natured praise and jabs for the year’s most notorious political celebrities. However, for the category of who demonstrated the biggest “Chutzpah” of the year, one nominee had guest Joe Klein nearly foaming at the mouth with anger.

With Matthews’ suggestion of Fox News host Glenn Beck and his decision to host his Restoring Honor rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”, Klein let loose on Beck more generally:

There has to be a word for Glenn Beck. Who is a telecharlatan. And who really, I mean he retires the cup. Not just for that rally, but for this phony, professorial air that he has when he is broadcasting in which he promotes these ridiculous conspiracy theories by John Birch Society nutcakes. I mean it’s outrageous.

No one on else on the panel seemed interested in challenging Klein or discussing Beck at all, and instead suggested Republican leaders and their continuously evolving stance on earmarks was deserving of the “Chutzpah” award.

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