The returning champion on “Jeopardy” — a journalist! — just told her little “meet the contestants” story, about her saving the life of a biker who attempted to beat a train across the track but was knocked on the head by the descending gate.
This is her third night on “Jeopardy.” I have no idea what her other two stories have been, but I can’t quite figure out why she waited to tell this one.
Just so we’re perfectly clear, a month before national elections, 90% of House Republicans voted against health care benefits for sick 9/11 heroes. Seriously. This is the party that’s expected to do extremely well in November.
That’s Fox News’ headline, in response to this “What’s on your iPod” question to Obama:
My iPod now has about 2,000 songs, and it is a source of great pleasure to me. I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Those are the old standards. A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need.
Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president’s personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert.
Carly Fiorina is hitting her opponent in California, incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer, for demanding to be called “senator” instead of “ma’am” by Army Corps of Engineers Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing in June 2009.
Can you call it a demand when it starts with “Could you” and ends with “thank you”?
California senate candidate Carly Fiorina’s first tv ad is puzzling. It’s basically just a clip of Barbara Boxer asking Gen. Walsh to call her “Senator,” and not “ma’am.” Then Carly comes on to say “SHE’S ARROGANT!”
I’m remembering a stand-up comedian from the 1990s, and her joke that anyone who says “ma’am” really means “bitch.”
Republican senators, including Sens. John McCain (AZ) and Susan Collins (ME), argued that passing repeal now would undermine the Defense Department’s review of the policy, which won’t be completed until December.
The language in the bill provides that DADT wouldn’t be repealed until 60 days after the review is complete and the plan for repeal is signed off on by the president, defense secretary and joint chiefs of staff.
“I cannot vote to proceed to this bill under a situation that is going to shut down debate,” Ms. Collins said.
Ahhhh…so to continue the debate, she voted to keep the debate from starting. Maine logic.
The vote was 56 to 43, with Democrats falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and take up the bill. The Arkansas Democrats, Senators Blanche L. Lincoln and Mark Pryor, sided with all 41 Republicans in opposing debate.
I guess Blanche Lincoln wants to lose by even more than 27 points in November. And thank you, Obama, for going all out to support her during her primary campaign.
Just a reminder that Sarah Palin supported the bailout. Or at least I think she did, judging by this, from her interview with Katie Couric. Or maybe Katie Couric made her say it!
Th..the alt.. as I say inaction is not an option we have got to shore up our economy. This is crisis moment for America. Really the rest of the world also. Looking to see what the impacts will be if America were to choose not to shore up what has happened on Wall Street because of the…the ultimate adverse effects on Main Street and then how that effects this globalisation that we’re a part of on… in our world. So the rest of the world really is looking at John McCain – the leadership that he’s gonna provide through this and if those provisions in the proposal can be implemented and make this proposal better make it make more sense to taxpayers than again, John McCain is gonna prove his leadership.
But ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy um helping the… oh – its gotta be all about job creation too – shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans and trade we’ve got to see trade as opportunity not as competitive um scary thing but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today we we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity – all those things under the umbrella of job creation – this bailout is a part of that.
Chipotle’s chicken burrito, filled with rice, pinto beans, corn salsa, cheese, sour cream and guacamole, accompanied by a side of chips.
The numbers: 1,750 calories, 79.5 grams of fat, 23 grams of saturated fat, 2,750 milligrams of sodium.
Equivalent of eating: The calories in more than nine chicken soft tacos at Taco Bell.
Expert evaluation: “There are lots of ways you can make that healthier,” Scritchfield says. “My top recommendation is not to get cheese and sour cream but instead get guacamole because that has the heart-healthy fat and gives you the creaminess you’re going for.” You could also forgo the chips and save 570 calories.
“Wonderful Savior” was recorded under especially unusual circumstances and is the first time in Ms. Staples’s career, she said, that she has ever sung a cappella on a record. Mr. Tweedy decided that he liked the echo on the stairwell at the Wilco loft, and even though it was January, he managed to cajole Ms. Staples and two backing vocalists into doing what he wanted.
“This was the coldest winter in Chicago in years,” she recalled. “It was cruel. I said, ‘Unh, unh, I’m not going out there,’ and he said, ‘Somebody get Mavis a coat and a hat and a scarf and some gloves.’ Then he told me, ‘Mavis, go on and sing.’ It was one take, and we stood there around that one microphone, vapor coming out of our mouths. It sounded so good to me that I wanted to do it again. But he said, ‘No, we don’t need to do it again.’ ”
For two years, the GOP has blocked practically every bill in the Senate. They block nominees they later vote unanimously in favor of. They block stimulus money they later brag about in their PR. They block credit card reform, healthcare reform, Wall Street reform, etc. Why, exactly, does anyone think they’d stop doing this two months before the election?
The only voters who really know who Nancy Pelosi are live in California — remember, there’s a sizable portion of the country that thinks the late Thurgood Marshall is still our country’s Supreme Court Chief Justice — or are such rabid right-wingers they’ll never vote for a Democrat no matter how much they claim they’re anti-Pelosi.
The GOP tried running against Pelosi in ‘06 and ‘08, and voters resoundingly said, “Nancy Who?” Not sure why Democrats think it’s any different this year.
Here was an interesting nugget in this puff piece profile of Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt “to pull politics back to the middle:”
In his first extensive interview with a newspaper in several years, Mr. Bloomberg…
Ah. So the nation’s voice of moderation ignores newspapers even though he’s the mayor of the largest U.S. city. Great.
And — as a thank you for ignoring it all these years — the NY Times asks the political strategist advising gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman about how great Bloomberg is…in the same story that Bloomberg says he’s supporting Meg Whitman. Way to give us the inside scoop, NY Times!
This is also pretty fabulous:
“I think these boomlets come along when the public is dissatisfied,” he said. “There was a Ross Perot boomlet, there was a John McCain boomlet, there’s the Tea Party boomlet.”
When the hell was this ‘John McCain boomlet’? During the two weeks he led Obama in the polls in August 2008? I can only hope the ‘Tea Party boomlet’ is as successful.