Archive for November 29th, 2010

29
Nov
10

flashback …… bet your bottom (5) dollars….

2008

29
Nov
10

down a bit, left a bit, right a bit…ah, perfect

Bo, the Obama family dog, is greeted by several of the President’s Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) achievers in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Nov. 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

29
Nov
10

flashback …. if at first you don’t succeed

They got there in the end….

2008

29
Nov
10

fox noise: “gazillions queue for palin’s dallas book signing!”

Salon: When the Mama Grizzly hit the Dallas area in 2009, crowds lined up to see her. This time around, it was a non-event.

I showed up about midday to talk with the Barnes & Noble store director, to see if I could get access as a photographer … basically, she said no, I couldn’t be in the store and take photos while Palin was there.

…. her reality television people were there filming the event. TLC managed to get Barnes & Noble to restrict other media access during the signing. The local news outlets could not videotape during the actual signing of the books; there were to be no print journalists allowed and no questions could be asked of Palin while she was in the store.

… Another big difference for this most recent bookstore appearance by Palin is that there seemed to be much less interest in her latest book, and perhaps in her.

Here’s the waiting line for patrons to get their books signed while Palin was in the store on Sunday:

Compare that with the line waiting outside in 20°F weather at the previous Palin event a full six hours before the doors opened (many waited in line for 14 hours) as seen here in December 2009:

At both Dallas-area events, there was a common theme. The people waiting to see her were devoted and enthusiastic followers, and almost all of them were a homogeneous demographic — there were very few people of color, which made that contrast stand out all the more.

One last note: At the Legacy Bookstore signing in 2009, Palin signed about 1,300 books. At the Barnes & Noble store, they set aside about 250 books for her to sign.

It was a non-event.

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Jeez, not even her North Korean allies turned up

Reduced from $25.99 to $12.99, but still only 22nd in Amazon’s bestseller list …. one ahead of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book’. Aw.

29
Nov
10

flashback … the ice-cream man

October 2007

29
Nov
10

flashback ….. surprising facts

May 2008

29
Nov
10

hey john? you lost ;-)

TNR: I don’t really like to dismiss the arguments of a defeated candidate as “sore loser” syndrome, as the phrase implies that losing an election weakens the merits of one’s beliefs. Yet it is so blindingly obvious that John McCain remains bitter and unreconciled to his electoral defeat in 2008. Here he is explaining his opposition to letting gays serve openly in the military:

The fact is, this was a political promise made by an inexperienced President or candidate for Presidency of the United States.

That’s the kind of ad hominem attack line you’d use during a campaign. But the campaign is over. Barack Obama is president of the United States. He has more presidential experience than John McCain.

And, of course, “political” is hardly a persuasive epithet here, either. Changes in public policy that require legislative approval or encounter opposition are political. That’s what politics is. McCain is calling the change “political” as a way of ascribing crass motives to his opponent, an especially comic touch. Nobody regards him as a statesman anymore.

29
Nov
10

the, eh, healing has begun

Stitches on the bottom lip of President Barack Obama are seen as he speaks about wage freezes in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House in Washington, November 29




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