West Wing Weekly Round-Up Dec 31, 2010

West Wing Weekly Round-Up Dec 31, 2010

From the West Wing, we have the mailbag edition of the West Wing Week, President Obama used the recess to appointed six nominees to fill key administration posts that have been left vacant for an extended period of time, signed some bills and made the world a bit safer. Not bad for vacation, Mr President.

House GOP Humors the Tea Party with an Empty Constitutional Gesture

House GOP Humors the Tea Party with an Empty Constitutional Gesture

The reality is that the new rule requiring constitutional endorsement for legislation is a symbolic means to appease the tea party movement who voted for Republicans in the midterm election. Maybe for intellectually challenged legislators like Michelle Bachmann, the rule will satisfy her wish to take the country back to the 18th century. But she is stupid if she misses the point that the Constitution is not a clear document, but a guide for governance across the ages, and she certainly short changes the Founders by expecting the Constitution to address specific issues in the 21st century.

TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska Jumps the Shark by Attacking Critical Blogger

TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska Jumps the Shark by Attacking Critical Blogger

TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” website has a Broadsheet section written by David Murray. Last night, Mr Murray attacked a Texan blogger who had the temerity to correct Ms Palin over her inaccurate claim that environmentalists were “limiting deforestation” in Alaska. Mr Murray adds to the spice of this late night whopper by actually suggesting that this show isn’t political as he says, “once or twice per episode, Sarah does make a quick aside with some political content.”

Late Night Snack: Baby Panda Plays with Soccer Ball Video

Late Night Snack: Baby Panda Plays with Soccer Ball Video

Open Thread: your late night snack, moment of zen. Baby Panda plays with soccer ball. Random quote (sent to me by Thomas Bishop): “Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well. Nor is hope the […]

Christine O’Donnell Responds to Federal Investigation By Going Completely Insane

Christine O’Donnell Responds to Federal Investigation By Going Completely Insane

In response to the federal investigation launched into the allegation that she used $20,000 of campaign funds to pay for her own living expenses, Christine O’Donnell has lost the last thread of sanity that she had left. O’Donnell did her best to keep the cash flowing by claiming that the left is out to get her, while forgetting that it was her own Republican campaign staff that outed her for misuse of funds. In short, Christine O’Donnell is bat shit crazy.

After 2 Years Obama’s Approval Rating Is Higher than Clinton and Reagan

After 2 Years Obama’s Approval Rating Is Higher than Clinton and Reagan

The latest Gallup poll on President Obama’s job approval rating contained an interesting nugget of information. After two years on the job, Barack Obama’s approval rating is higher than that of two recent presidents who had big reelection victories, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. One term Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and post-9/11 president George W. Bush had higher ratings than Obama at the halfway mark.

Former Israeli President Convicted of Rape

Former Israeli President Convicted of Rape

After a trial lasting a year, a Tel Aviv district court comprised of a panel of judges has found Israel’s former president, Iranian-born Moshe Katsav, 65, guilty of rape and sexual harassment in a case filed four years ago by three women who worked for him. Katsav was Israel’s eight president, a position of largely ceremonial powers, but was forced to resign in 2007.

Barack Obama And The Michael Vick Double Standard

Barack Obama And The Michael Vick Double Standard

comments to Philadelphia Eagle’s owner Jeff Lurie regarding the team giving Michael Vick a second chance after he completed his federal prison sentence for running a dog fighting ring. to Philadelphia Eagle’s owner Jeff Lurie regarding the team giving Michael Vick a second chance after he completed his federal prison sentence for running a dog fighting ring, but many Americans do not think it is appropriate that Michael Vick was given a second chance and it reflects a long-standing belief that convicted felons are not worthy of the same rights as all Americans. A valid question is; would Vick have been given a second chance if he wasn’t a star athlete? The answer is most certainly no based on hiring practices across the country, and it is especially true now that employers can easily make background checks on applicants in a matter of minutes.

Country Legend Merle Haggard Calls Out The Lies Of Fox News

Country Legend Merle Haggard Calls Out The Lies Of Fox News

In an interview with Rolling Stone about receiving the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement, outlaw country legend Merle Haggard reflected on meeting President Obama. He blasted “the media,” for making up and spreading lies about Obama, “It was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout. It’s really almost criminal what they do with our President.” It is obvious that Haggard was talking about Fox News.

Pat Buchanan Blames Blacks and Hispanics For America’s Education Woes

Recently, Pat Buchanan cited a racist who claims that the statistics of the Paris-based OECDs Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests in reading, math and science skills of 15-year-olds in over 30 countries suggest that America’s low standing is because of the diminished learning ability of Hispanic and Black students. In other words, Buchanan believes that Black and Hispanic students have lower IQs than white and Asian students and are responsible for the decline in performance on standardized tests.

A President Reborn: Heading Into 2011 Support For Obama Surges

A President Reborn: Heading Into 2011 Support For Obama Surges

According to the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll, President Obama’s latest string of legislative victories including the ratification of the START treaty and repeal of DADT have resulted in people coming back to the President. The number of Americans who want the Democrats to renominate Obama is at its highest level of the year, while the number of Americans who want someone else has dropped.

A Tough 2010: Keith Olbermann’s Ratings Drop by 25%

A Tough 2010: Keith Olbermann’s Ratings Drop by 25%

The bad news keeps coming for MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. The 2010 ratings data is starting to trickle in, and the news is not so great for the Countdown host. In a down year for cable news where all three networks registered a decline in viewers, Keith Olbermann lost 11% of his total audience, but what is most troubling is that among the coveted age 25-54 demographic Olbermann lost 25% of his audience.

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