Friday, February 26, 2010

The TR: The Prickly Professor and the Curious Case of Vice-President Grandpa

DC dodged a snow-bullet this week, no? Thank goodness or Queenie would still be trapped in her Virginia apartment suffering from cabin fever. It feels good to be back out in the wide world, even if we are trudging through slush and mud. Wear those Uggs with pride, girls!

On we go, kids -- to snark!

Forecast

Bravo to a handful of Senate Republicans for voting to move forward on jobs legislation (we're looking at you, Scott Brown -- giving a whole new meaning to centerfold!). Then again, they were against it before they were for it. Boo to party-crasher Ben Nelson, but double-boo to the blockage occurring in both the House and Senate. Can't we pass anything anymore?!

Next Tuesday, Texas is holding its gubernatorial primary -- it's not looking good for Kay, who's already predicting doom.

First we had the Tea Party; now, we have the Coffee Party. What's next? Red Bull Party? (Give America WINGS!)

We always said Michael Steele was a party, but we had no idea just how right we were! And he's not the only one using party money freely. Lavish meals, chores around the house... Must be nice, no?

Expect the case studies to be rollin' out for the next few months as Toyota continues to take the heat on the Hill after numerous recalls. Now it's likely that closed cases could be reopened for leaving such a defective legacy. AND expect more about the tragedy at Seaworld when a trainer was fatally attacked by a killer whale. The two events overlap in terms of time tables, but we honestly don't think either company has the advantage here in terms of "here's hoping people aren't paying attention to us!" Talk about a crisis PR lesson... although good idea suspending the Shamu Twitter account, y'all.

Check it: expect those Metro fare increases to start this Sunday, folks. This is how they expect to fix the DC budget shortfall? Less trains and higher fares? And get used to it, because it ain't over yet.

Finally, all the best to Keith Olbermann this week.

The Week That Was

Obama released his outline of health care reform Monday, and, low and behold, it doesn't include a public option. Is it a little too little, too late? Maybe he shoulda listened to Rahm many months ago. Obama's health care rollout didn't meet Republican leadership's criteria for length -- a little too brief for you, Mr. Boehner?

What wasn't brief was the seven hour healthcare spectacle yesterday that basically left us all feeling a little hung out to dry. Did anything change? It was the same old talking points. Did anyone win? Everyone says they did. At least the Tweets were entertaining, and it's always fun to watch the Prickly Professor in action. It sounded to us like a total clusterf@#$, what with Democrats now up against the clock to finish anything but doubting that they can, and Republicans staying true to their word: "NO." If you missed anything, the Post helpfully has transcripts of every sentence, and you can watch CSPAN for the full shebang.

Oh, and what the hell, Jimmy Kimmel?! You stole all our summit jokes!

Bill O told Sarah to go back to college, and Jeb says she could make a formidable candidate -- if only she had the depth. Oh, zing! We couldn't agree more with the both of you, and can't believe we just said that.

...And so it ends just as quickly as it began. Will New York ever catch a break and find a governor that is NOT engulfed by scandal? Not at this rate.

Ohh, Grandpa...

Aww, a brief mention from George! That takes us back a few years. This, too, but after Cheney's fifth heart attack (we SWEAR he hadn't had one yet as of last week's TR!) it's nice that the ex-Prez stopped by. Another flashback? The Patriot Act was renewed. Gosh, guess we're all feeling a little nostalgic.

This got to Queenie's raging liberal side pretty quickly: a student in Maryland was escorted out of the classroom by school police when she sat quietly instead of standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. There really isn't any snark needed, but thank goodness the ACLU jumped on that right quick.

Nope, still haven't been watching the Olympics, but we DO think this is pretty awesome.

Interweb Tomfoolery

This could be the greatest news EVER! SNL has been struggling to come up with fresh, exciting material this season, and thanks to a grassroots (er, Facebook) movement and news of Tina Fey potentially bringing Alaskan Barbie back for an encore, NBC is definitely pulling out all the stops for a Ladies Night Extravaganza!

If you're easily freaked out, don't click here.

Want to connect with Millennials? Find out how much you have in common with them with this handy quiz -- Queenie scored an 83, which makes sense as she was born in (full disclosure alert!) '86, but the Turner Report staff were all across the board (we're leaving unnamed one actual Millennial who scored a 40 -- for shame!). Let us know what you got!

Queenie pretty shamelessly loves herself some Food Network -- so this mission to create the largest FN Drinking Game on the Internet is right up her alley.

Admiral Ackbar for Ole Miss Mascot?! Done. Sold. So say we all.

We're not sure why this is news, but then again, we're always curious about the future of Twitter. Is it really the must-do move for companies to appear on the ball on social media? Or are the recent conversations on social media and privacy (and recent phishing scams happening to pretty much everyone) going to change up the game? Next, a report on what a Google-less China could look like (hint: not good). And, to finish your social media update for the week, scope out Slate's series on how social networking helped find Saddam.

Our Twitter rec of the day: the Dalai Lama. Because you can.

Because we love you, and because we know you'll need your TR fix for the future and beyond, here's how to live to 100. You're welcome.

Shameless Self-Promotion

Going to WeMedia? Check us out! Gloria Pan and Suzanne Turner will be presenting at the March conference on "Game-Changing Journalism: Non-Profits Fill the Gap," along with Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation, Andrew Sherry of the Center for American Progress, Jonathan Aiken of the Red Cross and Jim Barnett of AARP.

Scorecard

Do you miss Restaurant Week already? We do too, which is why we were so glad to be tipped off about Restaurants UNLEASHED. It just sounds so much cooler than the other one, doesn't it?

If you're already missing the beach, consider crossing the bridge for the 100 Days to Dewey party in Ballston tonight. Also, if you're into the local band scene and want to see your favorites go to SXSW this year, Austin Grill in Old Town is having a party to sponsor their trip with a recession-friendly $5 cover. Easy to get to from DC -- take the free trolley from King St. metro on the blue or yellow line. Finally, catch Queenie gettin' her vintage shoppin' on this weekend over at Proper Topper -- you know, 'cause she's hip like that.

Have a fantastic week!

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