Friday, October 8, 2010

The TR: Electing Real Clowns, Flirting with Al Greene and Paying Our Respects

We're getting in the last days of sunny and comfortable weather. Queenie, however, is VERY excited about fall -- and all the pumpkin patches, apple picking and fluffy blankets that go along with it. Speaking of apple picking, anyone got a recipe or two that can help her with the, uh, two bushels of apples she's got at home? (She MIGHT have gotten carried away.) Anything that's not a sauce, pie, tart, muffin, cake or batch of cider is welcome!

We've got a recipe of our own -- for snark, that is. (Zing!) Hope you're hungry! (Double zing!)

Forecast

We're less than a month out from November 2. Democrats are hoping their base will stick with them, and maybe it's working? But prospects, be they less dim or dimmer, are still dim in the end. Need some help convincing Dems to vote in November, Dems? This should help.

Is Gibbsy heading to the DNC from the White House? Also, Woodward says Hillary might be on the ticket come 2012, but the White House has been quick to swat that rumor down. We haven't heard the last of this. Joe is having better luck on the campaign trail than Barry, despite a gaffe or two. Florida GOP'ers are worried of a potential deal between Charlie Crist and Kendrik Meek.

Charlie Rangel and Maxine Water won't face a public trial until after Election Day. Aren't we trying to "drain the swamp" with expediency? Will Repubs take this to the bank in the days to come?

It can happen anywhere: Brazil has elected an illiterate clown to Congress. We've got our fair share of colorful candidates, besides the Tea Partiers. (Speaking of which, New Jersey Democrats did a little Teabaggin' of their own.) We want see how this race finishes! The Donald is sort of planning to do the presidential run thing, or is maybe looking for some free PR. The most famous cowboy of Times Square is also looking forward to 2012. Hey, if a naked cowboy can't be president, than WHO can?

To her dismay, Meg Whitman is becoming nomenclature for, um, undocumented workers. Ironically, we learned that Lou Dobbs has a bit of a Meg Whitman problem of his own. So much for the anti-illegal immigrant rants, Lou. Anyone else care to step forward?

Virginia, Virginia, Virginia. You're making Queenie sad. The AG is going after a former U-VA prof's papers on climate change.

We've entered our tenth year of the Afghanistan war, with no end in sight. Um... happy birthday? In other international news, a terror alert that went out this week could have been just a political move related to Pakistan and NATO.

The Week That Was

Sooo much entertainment, er, political news this week! More from O'Donnell-land: The (former?) spy, who didn't attend to Yale, is telling us she's just one of us, but her opponent isn't letting her get away with this one. (When you have to start out a campaign video with "I'm not a witch," you know SOMETHING's wrong.) Out west, Sharron is caught on tape railing against the Establishment she holds dear. If we had talked to Sharron only a few years ago, we would have found out that she would favor major provisions of health reform. She's also not too fond of Muslims, and another GOP'er has endorsed Harry Reid. And Viagra? Okay, Sharron. Also, Sarah, Todd, and Joe Miller are having a nasty behind-the-scenes fight over quid pro quo endorsements. She's definitely running. Alvin Greene's attorney says his client was just trying to flirt. Never you mind the dirty photos! Finally, when running for office, try to avoid calling your opponent a whore, will you?

Bank of America (and others) are doing the right thing by halting all foreclosures in the U.S. This news comes after a rare veto by Obama on legislation that would have accelerated foreclosures. Meanwhile, the health insurance industry is pumping millions to take down Democrats. The White House is letting McD's and others off the hook.

Obama's national security advisor, James Jones resigned, and will be replaced by his deputy, Tom Donilon. Gibbsy tells us that there will be more staff changes ahead, and it's rumored Jones might be a candidate to lead the Pentagon.

Elana Kagan made her debut as the Supreme Court returned from the summer. No fireworks to report. However, the justices did wade into interpretations of free speech and the crazies of the Westboro Baptist Church. Y'know, startin' off with something' easy.

The man accused of trying to set off a bomb in Times Square was sentenced to life in prison.

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Noble Peace Prize. Let's just say China wasn't pleased with the announcement, shall we?

SunChips has chosen to get rid of its environmentally-friendly bags because they are too loud. Oh, yes, of course they are, consumers. We wouldn't want you to drown out the noise of the TV, now would we? Don't chew too loud, now!

Are You Not Entertained?

So... a certain "CNN show" premiered this past Monday. *Crickets.* The ceaseless self-promotion is leading us to believe it will be a flop. And don't get us going about the name. CNN, we really expected better of you!

Heads up! We're used to the headaches Metro and traffic cause on a daily basis, but early next week the Transformers will be in town to do some filming. The chaos is real this time. (Queenie's note: Autobots, go!)

Hey! How come Captain Jack never visited Queenie's school and/or university-depending-on-when-the-movies-were-released-she-can't-quite-remember?! Life is SO unfair.

The horror! Palin-Beiber. So sorry, kiddos, that that image will forever be burned in your retinas.

We KNEW this was coming. South Park will be spoofing Jersey Shore next week, and it's bound to be epic.

"The View's" Elisabeth Hasselbeck is joining the cast of ABC's Good Morning America, where she will enlighten all of us with her take on "hot-button" family values... and not much else.

Interweb Tomfoolery

Now here's an interesting PR piece: Gap unveiled a new logo this week, which was just terrible. Seriously. They've decided to turn this negative attention into a crowdsourcing project, which may or may not be such a good idea (contrary to popular belief, crowd-sourcing is NOT always the answer). But this is your chance, designers! Can you save the Gap from itself? In other re-branding news, MSNBC has stopped the charade, but is dealing with some branding confusion of its own.

Donald Duck meets the Beckster, sort of. We highly recommend you watch this and forward it to all of those right-winger uncles of yours that keep yelling about Obama and mulims and... well, you know the rest.

Why are you voting Republican? Clearly, the NRSC got the message and have pulled their ad of professional West Virginia hicks. Speaking of awkward ads, Ben Quayle and the wife are, like, totally convincing everyone why they are the bestest to lead. Plus, a candidate swimming in his suit and tie makes for a good laugh.

Get your O'Donnell costume and doll, just in time for Halloween!

Why won't some politicos tweet??? We don't believe you, Rev. Jackson.

The NY Times says the paywall it will be instituting next year won't affect their "participation in the online conversation," but we'll believe that when we see it. At least, when we see the first page of it.

New Facebook features and new troubles. Eh, what's new?

Out on the Town

Queenie really does love living in (er, near) this city sometimes. As a registered concert junkie, this weekend is exciting: Delphic rocks the Liberation Dance Party tonight; K'naan, a rapper from Somalia who has found mainstream success, comes to 930 on Sunday and is raising money for Change Somalia; and We Were Promised Jetpacks comes to Rock and Roll on the same night.

Festival time! Get out to the Capitol Riverfront this Saturday to get some culture in. There's even a B-Boy Battle! And don't forget to hop on the train to Rosslyn to celebrate the opening of Artisphere, a massive space dedicated to bringing together community and culture. (Queenie's review: OMG, SO COOL.)

Foodies, this ain't a bad weekend for you either! If you have time today, get yourself down to Curbside Cook-Off and sample the best of the DC food cart world (and save Queenie a few samples, please!). Also delicious will be Taste of Georgetown tomorrow at 11. And don't forget that Bread for the City is hosting District Flavors to bring fresh food to local communities. (PS: tonight, join We Made It DC for a fundraiser to benefit LGBTQ Youth at the Duplex Diner at 18th and U.)

You either love him or you hate him - Bob Saget, of Full House fame, is coming to Warner Theater tonight and there are still tickets on sale. But we're warning you now that his material is a bit... inappropriate?

In Memoriam

For those of you DC'ers who hung out around Farragut Square, you may have seen the little green burrito cart on the corner of 17th and K Street NW. We are sorry to say that the owner of that cart and a friend of Turner, Carlos Guardado, passed away last weekend, and mourners have been gathering outside to pay their respects. We'd like to send our thoughts to his family and encourage you to donate to the The Carlos Guardado Children's Education Fund set up in his name. It is being administered by Father Evelio Menjivar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew.

Scorecard

So much for that Pledge to America. Looks like it didn't quite catch on like Repubs had hoped, even if it did allow them room to waffle. But no matter -- most of them are avoiding the cameras entirely.

Enjoy your long weekend, folks -- since you can sleep in on Monday, we hope you'll take full advantage of it!

Until next Friday,

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