Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Sunshine State News says, “The campaign team of Attorney General Bill McCollum unleashed a new line of attack on Florida GOP gubernatorial rival Rick Scott on Tuesday -- by bringing out pop culture references. On Tuesday, McCollum attacked Scott’s record at HCA/Columbia by referring to an internet meme involving '80s pop star Rick Astley. Later on Tuesday, the McCollum campaign released its take on Scott’s recently concluded bus tour across the state with a web video which included clips from the action film “Speed” with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.”
Why so bashful Sen. Brown?
Public Policy Polling is hoping to settle the feud once and for all—asking voters which hairdo they prefer. Respondents were asked, "Do you have a higher opinion of Barbara Boxer's hair or Carly Fiorina's hair?" The result was Boxer 19%, Fiorina 14%, and 67% not sure (or perhaps didn't care). Gawker examined the crosstabs and found, “young people preferred Barbara Boxer's hair by a wide margin, possibly casting into doubt Fiorina's contention that it is "so yesterday." Registered voters between the ages of 30 and 45 were split (ends!) over the hair question, with 21 percent having a higher opinion of Boxer's and 19 percent having a higher opinion of Fiorina's.”
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Christian book publisher Zondervan is delaying publication of a Sarah Palin biography for young readers.
Cheryl Lundberg, Zondervan's director of customer service, said in an e-mail that after "careful review and discussion," it was deemed that October was not an "optimal time" to publish the book. She said no decision had been made on when the book would be printed.
"Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story," had been slated for release in September and publication in October. It was to be part of a series of biographies aimed at 9- to 12-year-old readers that featured Christians in the news.
Author Kim Washburn said Friday she was surprised by the decision. She said she was told this week the book was on hold "indefinitely."
At one point during Monday's press briefing, while the Admiral discussed the situation surrounding BP’s new well cap, questions were taken via phone. One person who identified themselves as "Anna Bratton from the Associated Press" was next to ask a question, but instead we heard this:
So I'm guessing Admiral Allen's not interested in hearing about 'sexting' cases in New York. The operator dumped the call and proceeded to continue on with the briefing. So what happened exactly? I asked Anna Bratton:
I went to hit my unmute button and accidentally hit the hold button. Instead of hold music, our phones play AP Radio, so you heard a snippet of that. I saw it on the transcript and was confused myself at first. Was mostly just sorry I missed my question!The audio that was broadcast was a pre-produced wrap by the AP's Warren Levinson on New York state's efforts to rewrite its laws to keep 'sexting' teens out of the web of kiddie porn laws:
Maybe it's time the Admiral's briefings get a little more sexy instead of all this talk about the Q4000 and wellbores!
Monday, July 19, 2010
TIME says unnamed advisors disparaged @SarahPalinUSA. Anonymous numbskulls. She’s proven her smarts; they’ve disproven theirs.Meanwhile on Sarah Palin’s Twitter feed, she was tweeting up a storm Sunday, talking about the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Her original tweet said:
Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.She later replaced the tweet with:
Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.But she still stands by her use of the (made up) word "refudiate:"
I'm feeling a repeat of Clinton Wedding Watch 2009 coming on....
Rep. Frank was recently on an episode of her show, My Life on the D-List, which was part of the reason he felt “compelled to comment.” In a letter to Griffin, he writes, “Since you did include me in that show I wanted to make it very clear that I thought what you did was wholly unfair and inappropriate. It’s the kind of thing that makes it less likely that I or others can cooperate with you in the future.”
As for this week's episode, the Boston Globe seems to imply that we may be hearing from Congressman about the show again in the very near future. In the episode (scheduled to air in the coming days) Griffin comments on Frank's sexuality saying, “He doesn’t know when ‘American Idol’ is on? He doesn’t care about Liza Minnelli? How is this guy even gay?”
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Maybe sometime soon we'll see him on Facebook with former President Bush. (And we're glad to hear he's doing well post-surgery.)
As vice president, Dick Cheney never carried a BlackBerry, didn't E-mail or carry a laptop, and really never searched the Internet. An icon of the old school, he's also writing his biography on yellow pads which his daughter Liz Cheney then downloads into a computer. "He's a little set in his ways," she says.
But other than the authorship, times are changing for the veep. "I hate to disappoint you, but he does use all of those things now," she says. Awkwardly. In his early E-mails to Liz, he would open with: "Dear Liz, this is your father speaking." Says Liz, "He's getting a little bit better at the E-mail."
But one question remains. If Mr. Vice President just started using all these new technologies, what was here doing here at the 2005 State of the Union address?
With the heated back and forth between the NAACP and the Tea Party Movement over racially-charged rhetoric and images, a new YouTube video has been circulating that asks, "What If the Tea Party Was Black?"
We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress. Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work. Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate.Even Reid's opponent, Republican Sharron Angle, is channeling spirits. She says her campaign to defeat Reid is God' "calling."
Monday, July 12, 2010
Vice President Biden stopped by "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday but he also unintentionally stopped traffic at the Los Angeles International airport. Sharon Waxman at the Wrap is blogging, “A spokesman for the vice president said he was unaware of the FAA temporary flight restriction that stopped flights coming in, and delayed those going out." The Veeps spokesman, Jay Carney, told Waxman, “There was no sign of any stoppage. And there shouldn’t have been one.” Oh, but there was. Passengers were stuck for anywhere from 45 minutes to four hours as a result leaving many of them fuming. A spokesman for the Secret Service also spoke with Waxman and said he was unaware of any great delays as a result of Biden's travel on Friday.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Last night, in his primetime exclusive with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the one and only Larry King broached the Kesha—Israeli army issue. The result was a bit awkward.
I'm happy to see that Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Even if he doesn't win the next election, by installing two intelligent, nonpartisan women as justices, the president has already cemented his legacy. Sonia Sotomayor and Kagan (if she is confirmed) will be on the bench long after he has left the Oval Office. In my opinion, Kagan is the perfect person for the job.I'm sure the Solicitor General is happy knowing that Uncle Luke is rooting for her all the way to the highest court in the land.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This may look like the work of a prankster, some PhotoShop kid with too much time on their hands, but no, this was once (and still is, I guess) a real thing.If only it really were this easy to clean up the oil spill.
Released in the 1970s, this BP-endorsed board game wasn't exactly a hit, but it's sure a hit with collectors now, with old copies being dug up and dusted off in the wake of the Louisiana Gulf disaster.
The game had up to four players taking control of deep-sea oil rigs. While there was money to be made and pipes to be laid, there were also dangers, like...well, "Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1million."
"New York City real estate has always been an interest of mine," she told the Post. "It's just something that I wanted to do. Where this goes is yet to be determined. I am so excited to be back -- there's no place like New York.
"Music has always been my passion and will remain that always. Right now my focus is on my column, Ask Ashley, every Sunday in The Post."
Sources at The New York Post say Dupre fit in well at NYU and "made a ton of friends. She dressed very cute to class, hung out with students during lunch, and has been very into the course. She was one of the top students -- often answering questions from the lecturers before they'd even finished speaking."
Levi Johnston is coming clean. The almost Palin son-in-law told People magazine that some of his claims about the Palin family last year were lies. "I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true," he says. So, what are those things? Levi doesn't quite say, but whatever the lies were, he's very, very sorry. "Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true," he said. I have a sneaking suspicion this has nothing to do with Levi's moral compass and everything to do with his supposed reconciliation with Bristol.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The blogs are mixed when it comes to answering the question of what should be done with Chairman. There are calls for him to resign from conservative blogs like, RedState and HotAir, and observations of Steele’s growing irrelevance from the Huffington Post. Mediate jokes, “At this point, the monthly Michael Steele Resignation Rallies should be an official part of the RNC’s budget.” Michelle Leiby at the Daily Caller thinks it’s time for Steele to go, but thinks he’ll try to weather this latest gaffe. She writes, “He’s shot himself so many times in the foot that he’s barely got one leg to stand on at this point. Steele weathered the many calls for his resignation after The Daily Caller broke the Bondage-gate scandal revealing that the RNC reimbursed $2,000 of a staffer’s expenses at a lesbian bondage-themed nightclub. So it would not be surprising if he tried to ride this one out too.”
Here's that gallery of Michael Steele photos I mentioned on the air....enjoy!
Friday, July 2, 2010
'Obama Anak Menteng' or 'Little Obama,' the movie, was originally scheduled to open during a presidential visit to Indonesia that was later canceled. In the film, a young Barack Obama battles bullies, confronts his first crush, and learns ka-ra-tay!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
On Wednesday's "Situation Room," CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux interviewed her TWIN SISTER about the Kagan confirmation hearings. How do I know that's not Suzanne with a curly wig?!
In her defense, Suzanne said the whole thing was her producer's idea.
via VF Daily:
Publishing powerhouse al-Qaeda has launched an English online magazine called Inspire, replete with all the bomb-making instructions and jihad-recruiting propaganda that traditional print journalism has traditionally shunned. Inspire also contains a piece by radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose assassination President Obama recently requested. It’s called “May Our Souls be Sacrificed for You,” but the body of the article was left out of the magazine obtained by authorities. Still, judging by the title alone, though al-Awlaki may be a skilled rhetorician, it sounds like he may be a bit of an overripe prose stylist.
According to the Daily Mail, “Tuesday's launch did not go smoothly. The magazine was 67 pages long, but all but the first three pages were just garbled computer code, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist websites and obtained a copy of the magazine.” Sixty-seven pages is thin, even for a July issue. We’ll hold out for the iPad app.
The Department of Health and Human Services launched two new websites last night: HealthCare.gov, a portal to learn more about the new health care laws, and a corresponding Twitter account. At first glance, they both seem like pretty average administration sites, but to especially hawk-eyed folks like Sarah Kliff at Politico, something about the Twitter was slightly amiss – the brand new site had year-old tweets from P. Diddy and an Indian politician marked as favorites. Wait, what?
Though the favorites list was cleared this morning after Politico reached out to HHS for a comment, Kliff reports that 14 confusing “favorite tweets” showed up along with the @healthcaregov handle when it debuted. Five of those tweets came from Diddy, who at the time of the tweeting (in the wee hours of the morning on Nov. 1, 2009) appeared to be celebrating Halloween while simultaneously hawking Ciroc, the vodka brand he loans his image to: “Get your Halloween right with Ciroc! The smoothest vodka in the game! Let’s go people!Ciroc the official vodka of Halloween! :) boo!”
Tweets from former California Senate candidate Tom Campbell (also from Halloween), social networking site Mashable, and Indian Parliament member Sashi Tharoor were also suspiciously listed as some of @healthcaregov’s favorites.
The Department of Health and Human Services have a good explaination:
“An HHS spokesperson subsequently said that the favorites were a glitch. When the agency was launching HealthCare.Gov, it wanted a Twitter handle to match. The @healthcaregov account was already taken but inactive, so HHS got permission from the Twitter user to take over the account. It cleared out most of the content but missed the favorites list, the spokesperson said.”
Who is this mysterious human who used @healthcaregov before the HHS took over the handle? Finding the common factor among all the favorite tweets could lead us to a HHS official who, like Diddy, probably tossed back a few too many cups of vodka on Halloween and got trigger happy on Twitter.