Monday, December 27, 2010

2010: The Best and the Worst Part Deux

Best Movie of 2010 – “Inside Job”, this crisis of finance capitalism as a great crime story.

Worst Movie of 2010 – “Yogi Bear”, this stinks Boo Boo!

Best Song of 2010 – “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum, not real country but a catchy song.

Worst Song of 2010 – “O Let’s Do It”, by Wacha Flocka Flame featuring Diddy, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane. Huh?

Best Weather Meteorologist of 2010 – Jackie Johnson (Plymouth, Michigan), KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, California, the best with high and low fronts.

Worst Weather Meteorologist of 2010 – Tomasz Schafenaker, BBC-TV, London England. A notorious nerd throughout Europe.

Best Party of 2010 – Any party at the University of Colorado, Boulder that Alex B. attends.

Worst Party of 2010 – Tea Party, its platform is explicitly populist and is generally recognized as conservative and libertarian. It endorses reduced government spending lower taxes reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit, adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution and has plenty of wacky candidates.

Best Politician of 2010 – Susan Collins, Republican Senator from the State of Maine, St. Lawrence University ’75. Finally someone in Congress who knows how to compromise!

Worst Politician of 2010 – Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Representative from the State of California. Just get out!

Best Alumni Director of 2010 – Beth Elmore, University of La Verne. On her budget it is amazing what she can do.

Worst Alumni Director of 2010 – Dewey Stafford, University of Phoenix. Mr. Stafford invited alumni to a “burn your paid in full student loan documents” party – no one showed up.

Best News Story of 2010 – Thirty Three Chilean miners rescued after 10 weeks underground, all safe and in good health.

Worst News Story of 2010 – (Tie) The continuing Mexican Drug Cartel war, to date in 2010 over 11,000 deaths, and the British Petroleum Gulf oil spill; killed 13 men, spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil and cost an estimated 20 billion dollars.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – Birthday wishes and thoughts this week to Ted Danson (63), LeBron James (26), Sandy Koufax (75), Frank Langella (71), Matt Lauer (53), Agnes Nixon (83), Donna Summer (62), Meredith Vieira (57), Jon Voight (72), Denzel Washington (56).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL PICK OF THE WEEK – Saturday 1/2, Rose Bowl, 5:00 PM, ET, ESPN. #5 Wisconsin Badgers (11-1) vs. #3 TCU Horned Frogs (12-0). Wisconsin makes its first trip to Pasadena in 11 seasons, while TCU becomes the first team from a non-AQ league in the BCS era to play in the Rose Bowl. Both teams scored 520 points, tying for fourth nationally. While TCU boasts the stingier defense, Wisconsin racked up 201 points in its final three regular-season games. We pick the Badgers to win in Pasadena.
Season to date (14-3).

NFL PICK OF THE WEEK – Sunday 1/2, St. Louis Cardinals (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (6-9), 4:00 PM ET, Fox. This NFC Worst title game to decide who gets beat the first week of the playoffs. We like St. Louis to win in Seattle.
Season to date (6-10).

TOP STORY -- Census results to spark map fights, Tuesday's release of Census Bureau results ... marks the beginning of a season of politics in its rawest form, a time of ruthlessness, scheming and, above all, self-preservation. For the next year, ambitious and sharp-elbowed legislators around the nation will look to Machiavelli, rather than Jefferson or Hamilton, for inspiration as they draw the congressional maps that will begin and end political careers and determine the partisan makeup of Congress over the next decade. Some incoming House freshmen are already marked men and women-before they've been sworn into office. Some veterans are about to be brusquely pushed into retirement. A few members of Congress will be forced into head-to-head battles with colleagues in order to survive another term.

Lose 2: N.Y. , Ohio
Gain 4: Texas
Gain 2: Fla.
Gain 1: Ariz., Ga., Nev., S.C., Utah, Wash.
Lose 1: Ill., Iowa, La., Mass., Mich., Mo., N.J., Pa.

EARLY 2011 PREDICTION - As we dim the lights until the New Year. Rest up because 2011 will be a blockbuster. To name just a few hot agenda items: the run up to the State of the Union and the debate over spending cuts and possible Social Security changes; Treasury's attempt to get out of AIG and declare TARP a total success; the bitter debate over Dodd-Frank implementation, from debit card fees to derivatives; the emergence of a new Wall Street with less proprietary trading and tougher capital requirements; the start of the 2012 GOP presidential primary campaign and the continued rise (or precipitous fall?) of the tea party. And don't forget the huge forthcoming debate on restructuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as continued fear that European economies could fall apart and the U.S. housing market could continue to struggle.

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest (DCDS ’32)

Next week, our 2011 predictions.

Until next Monday, “Feliz Ano ~ Nuevo!”

Claremont, CA
December 27, 2010

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