Is that all there is?

He’s abandoned tax reform as well as the recommendations of the deficit reduction committee he formed. So what’s the president’s plan? I pay attention to this stuff and I can’t tell you. Is it a lack of messaging or lack of will?  

Reason #1 to vote against Newt

Sarah Palin may get to the White House after all, if Newt Gingrich wins in 2012, that is. The Republican presidential candidate told CNN Wednesday evening that if he wins the White House, he’d ask the ex-Alaska governor to take a “major role” in his administration.

It’s pronounced learnd

From The Learning Channel, which brought us the Sarah Palin reality show, comes this latest exercise in pointless tedium: Watch Extreme Couponing: Midnight MadnessSunday, Jan. 29 @ 10/9c to see four couponers battle crowds to get the best savings on Black Friday. Extreme Couponing follows savvy shoppers as they plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings. Witness amazing shopping skills and shocking stockpiles of merchandise, as everyday people go to extremes in pursuit of extraordinary deals.  America 2012.

The culture of hyperbole

By now you’ve heard about the tarmac confrontation between President Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (who sounds like she’s spent one too many nights at Johnny’s Hideaway). Brewer said Obama was “uh, a little tense”. She said she tried to show respect but that Obama acted “thin-skinned”, and complained about how she described their earlier meeting, in which Brewer made clear how little time she was given to speak, and how Obama condescendingly lectured her about immigration reform, and did not want to hear about border violence and the costs of illegal aliens to Arizona. (Really well-written paragraph there.) Brewer even…

Nike founder Phil Knight: Paterno the real victim

“Whatever the details of the investigation are, this much is clear to me: There was a villain in this tragedy. It lies in the investigation, not in Joe Paterno’s response to it,” Knight said, prompting a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd in the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus. The attempted absolution of Joe Paterno is obscene. He may have done many admirable things but don’t believe those who say judge not lest you be judged, at least not in this case. If I was told that one of my charges had witnessed a colleague raping a 10-year-old my…

MLK Jr. scions never fail to disappoint

Creative Loafing notes more revolting developments from King Inc.: At the same time the King Center board brought on Bernice, it also placed control of the center in the hands of King Inc., the for-profit corporation run by younger brother Dexter King. That arrangement will make it easier for Dexter, Bernice, and the other family members who make up the board to squeeze every ounce of profit from the King Center, which has historically operated as a charitable foundation. Martin hints that his kin bounced him from the CEO’s job and replaced him with Bernice because he objected to the plan to…

Never trust a sanctimonious egomaniac

Via Politico: After nearly a week on the defensive, CNN’s John King reports tonight that Newt Gingrich’s claim about offering witnesses to ABC News in his defense — to rebut the network’s interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich — was not true. “Tonight, after persistent questioning by our staff, the Gingrich campaign concedes now Speaker Gingrich was wrong — both in his debate answer, and in our interview yesterday,” King said on tonight’s edition of John King USA. “Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says the only people the Gingrich campaign offered to ABC were his two daughters from his first marriage.”

A hipster stereotype fulfilled

The school marm look is all the rage among male hipsters who’ve adopted the “man bun”: Alexander Kellum, 31, a fine-arts painter and yoga teacher who lives in Williamsburg, bends forward and pulls his long chestnut hair in front of him; then he performs a twisting and wrapping motion until his hair is firmly tucked into a knot at the back of his head. Sometimes he’ll let a little hair poke out for an “abstract expressionist” flourish, he said.

Travel & Leisure readers don’t know what the f—- they’re talking about

I’m sorry, was that rude? Can’t help it — apparently I’m from the nation’s 7th rudest city, according to readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. As one Atlantan told the AJC, we’re 7th “because we have so many people who have migrated here from the 6 crabbier places.” That would include Boston, which somehow only ranks 5th. I lived in Massachusetts for about 10 days back in the 90s. That’s all I could stand (sorry, Norma). If you don’t believe me go to Turner Field the next time the Red Sox show up.

State budget finds room for fishing ponds, football stadiums

Having already subsidized a fishing museum in former Gov. H. Dumpty’s backyard the state of Georgia is now helping fund a unnecessary new football stadium for the Falcons and its billionaire owner. This month, [Gov. Nathan] Deal included $15 million in his proposed 2012 budget for the GWCC Authority to purchase the old Herndon Homes property next to the potential stadium site from the Atlanta Housing Authority.  GWCC spokesman Mark Geiger said the property could be used for a marshaling yard, for GWCC expansion or parking, or for a stadium. Last March AJC columnist Kyle Wingfield detailed what the $400 million the…