Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s worst use of social media

originally published 1/31/2010

Cancel CNN’s Twitter account — that’s 140 characters or less. They just don’t know when to stop.

The network’s SOTU coverage included John King reading such insightful Tweets as “Go Obama, let’s do it!” and “This is painful to watch.” Indeed, CNN’s incessant pandering to technology is painful to endure. No one cares what Duane from Omaha thinks.

Unfortunately we should expect more mindlessness, as King and that infernal touch-screen board get their own weeknight show. CNN has already given Rick Sanchez, the journalistic equivalent of a Tweet, a second hour in the afternoons.

That time would be better spent reading Larry King’s Twitter feed: “What is it with people who don’t use turn signals?!?”
The Cuban Ted Baxter had quite a year. Admit it. You miss him.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s most unwelcome political comeback

I’d like to think the majority of white Southerners are embarrassed by the Confederacy, but 2010 made me wonder. Shame on those conservatives who’ve chosen to identify with/exploit the most lamentable period in U.S. history. (And yes, I’m aware Democrat Robert Byrd was in the Klan. But he’s dead.)

“It helps him with his base,” said Mark Rozell, a political scientist at George Mason University, after Virginia’s Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell declared April as Confederate History Month in Virginia.

That such a base exists, and is apparently catered to, is disturbing enough. Former state GOP chairman Patrick McSweeney was among those who applauded McDonnell’s declaration, saying “I think it takes a certain amount of courage.”

Even more appalling was the proclamation’s historical whitewash.

McDonnell said he did not include a reference to slavery because “there were any number of aspects to that conflict between the states. Obviously, it involved slavery. It involved other issues. But I focused on the ones I thought were most significant for Virginia.”

(Since I don’t do Nazi comparisons I’ll let you provide the analogy.)

Before you think I’m giving too much weight to a symbolic proclamation, consider that eight states passed “Tenther” — named after the 10th Amendment, which states that powers not explicitly given to the federal government are reserved to the states — resolutions during the first year of the Obama administration. And then there were the wannabe secessionists.

To them I say, fergit already!

Life as a synergized commodity

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LeBron James turns 26 next week, but the most marketable superstar in the NBA can’t throw himself just any old birthday party.That’s why a marketing firm has put together this presentation designed to lure sponsors for this “exclusive” VIP event.

The party to be held at the swanky Coco Deville lounge in Miami’s Gansevoort Hotel, promises “Athletes, Models, and Musicians” as well as “affluent leaders” and “savvy trendsetters.”

Partners — who can buy sponsorships for a minimum of $10,000will be able to “increase brand awareness” through photo ops with LeBron and Friends, contribute to swag bags for the A-List guests, and get VIP treatment for “key stakeholders.”

It also reveals the schedule for LeBron’s upcoming “Dinner Party Tour” in 2011, giving sponsors even more access to his wealthy and fabulous friends.

You can gag now.

Shut up already

Think twice before hanging any hopes on drama queen Julian Assange.

He also said that if was extradited to the US, there was a “high chance” of him being killed “Jack Ruby-style” – a reference to the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald before he could stand trial for the murder of President John F Kennedy.

Jack Ruby died of lung cancer in 1967 three years into his prison sentence for the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.

I’d correct his history, lifted from a Danny Aiello movie, but we already know how Assange responds to a challenge.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s worst (best?) example of hyperbole

Perhaps Russell Simmons should have consulted one of his “fierce gatekeepers” before writing this:

Keith Olbermann has given voice to the voiceless, sanity to the madness, truth where lies are now a daily part of our political discourse. He felt passionate enough to contribute innocently as an private individual to three campaigns that he cared about.

If he goes we lose the Edward Murrow of our generation, the voice that spits truth to power and vested interests. I have devoted my entire adult life to truth telling. Without Olbermann, MSNBC can’t survive — and the voice of progress will fall to the dark ages, when one unholy church dictated a fictional version of the truth.

Re-instate Keith Olbermann now. I will personally pay his campaign contributions.

Don’t let this voice get lost when it is needed the most.

That would be the same Keith Olbermann who compared President Obama’s deal on tax cuts to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis. Olbermann compares a lot of people to Nazis, which I’m pretty sure Edward R. Murrow never did.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s most corrupt politician

Gov Sonny Perdue of Georgia at Saxby ralley

He'd be a hit in Louisiana

Are Georgians better off than they were 8 years ago? Only if they’re named Sonny Perdue.

There’s a reason the governor refused to place his financial interests in a blind trust, bucking tradition. By the end of his first term, Perdue’s holdings had increased by more than one-third. You can bet his second term will prove more profitable.

Earlier this year we learned the governor personally intervened in a state Department of Transportation project involving a road that goes through his hometown and runs along land Perdue owns.

A spokesman for Perdue did not dispute that Perdue would benefit, like most citizens, from the overall road project but not from the shift in the alignment.

He saved his most audacious chicanery for last.

On Wednesday, the Board of Natural Resources agreed to pay $28.7 million for 10,015 acres of Oaky Woods wilderness in middle Georgia. Six years ago, the price was roughly the same — for the entire 20,000-acre tract.

By passing on the property in 2004, over the protests of environmentalists, the state allowed the pristine black bear habitat to pass into the hands of Houston County developers — whose plans to build a private city did wonders for local land prices.

The assessed value of 101 acres adjacent to the Oaky Woods property, purchased by Gov. Sonny Perdue a year or so earlier, more than doubled to $750,100.

Oops. Sorry. I forgot to mention Perdue’s interest in the transaction. Just like the governor forgot to mention it in 2004. The same governor who appoints Department of Natural Resources board members.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s least tempting offers

DragonCon – WOW wizard – m4m – 42 (Downtown)
Date: 2010-09-07, 11:42AM EDT
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Sep 4 – Dragon Con – Alien vs Predator Interstellar Swinger Party – (Dragon Con – Sheraton)

More here.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s best imitation of a parody

“Tomorrow I meet Sarah Palin for the first time. I’m actually a little nervous as she is one of the only people that I can see that can possibly lead us out of where we are. I don’t know yet if she’s strong enough, if she’s well-enough advised or if she knows she can no longer trust anyone. I don’t know if she can lead and not lose her soul.”

Truly the most godforsaken pairing since Cindy Crawford and Billy Baldwin: