Ringing in the New Year: West Coast edition

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Let the countdown on the West Coast begin.

fireworks

Five, four, three, two …


Ringing in the New Year: Mountain time edition

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Let the countdown in the Mountain time region begin.

fireworks

Five, four, three, two …


Ringing in the New Year: Midwest edition

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Let the countdown in the Midwest begin.

fireworks

Five, four, three, two …


Ringing in the New Year: East Coast edition

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Let the countdown on the East Coast begin.

fireworks

Five, four, three, two …


Cuomo sworn in as NY governor, faces huge crises

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, is sworn in by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman during a private ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. Cuomo's girlfriend Sandra Lee holds the Bible as his daughter Michaela Cuomo looks on. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Andrew Cuomo has been sworn into office as New York’s 56th governor in a private ceremony.

Miller ending legal battle, conceding Senate race

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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2010 file photo, Republican Joe Miller speaks with reporters during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska. Miller is ending his fight over Alaska's U.S. Senate seat, conceding the race to his bitter rival, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Miller's decision, announced Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at a news conference in Anchorage, comes one day after the state certified Murkowski as the winner. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Republican Joe Miller on Friday ended his legal fight over Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat, conceding the race to his bitter rival, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The most important Rasmussen poll of the year

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Is there a conservative bias in this one?

Surveys conducted by Rasmussen Reports found the following plans to say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011.

69% will be home at midnight
66% will say a prayer
60% will be awake at midnight
47% will kiss someone at midnight
42% will have a drink
39% are Very Likely to watch the ball drop on television at midnight
28% will be sleeping when 2011 arrives
21% will attend a New Year’s Eve party
18% will go out to dinner with family or friends
7% will be at a friend’s house
5% will be at a restaurant or bar

It’s kind of surprising they’re not saying 90% of America will spend new year’s eve protesting the excessive top marginal tax rate. And two-thirds of Americans pray in the New Year? Really?

Let’s compare our sample of Kossacks to their sample of whoever Rasmussen samples. Take the poll.


Karzai keeps minister considered corrupt by US (AP)

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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2009 file photo, Afghanistan's Energy Minister Ismail Khan speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. officials pressured Afghan President Hamid Karzai to remove a former warlord from the helm of Afghanistan's energy and water ministry a year ago because of his corruption and ineffectiveness, threatening that aid might end unless he went. But the Afghan president rebuffed America, according to secret diplomatic records, leaving the minister — privately termed 'the worst' by U.S. officials — still atop an agency that controls  billion in U.S. and allied projects. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)AP – U.S. officials pressured Afghan President Hamid Karzai to remove a former warlord from atop the energy and water ministry a year ago because they considered him corrupt and ineffective, and threatened to end aid unless he went.

Justin Bieber: Canadian, Muslim lover?

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This is my favorite stupid story of the month:

Mosque foes recently started a boycott of Bieber after he made comments in support of the mosque project in an interview with Tiger Beat, a teen fan magazine, [Andy] Sullivan [the American-flag hard-hatted construction worker and Park51 opponent] told WYNC earlier this month. Now, his 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son have been banned from attending Bieber performances.

“I informed them, ‘Hey guys, guess what? Justin Bieber spoke out for the ground zero mosque,” Sullivan explained to Salon in an interview. “My little girl took down his poster and said she didn’t want to have nothing to do with him anymore. These are my kids. They’re living this thing.”

Those blow-dried Canadian tween heartthrobs are a menance, it’s true. But not really when it comes to Islamic jihad. When Salon reporter Justin Elliott tried to find the source of source of Bieber’s pro-Burlington Coat Factory Mosque quotes in Tiger Beat, well, they weren’t there. However:

There is, however, a post on the website CelebJihad.com purporting to describe a Tiger Beat interview. It reads in part:

In an interview with Tiger Beat, the pop sensation stressed that freedom of religion is what makes America great, and went on to say that those who oppose the Mosque are motivated by bigotry.

“Muslims should be allowed to build a mosque anywhere they want,” the singer said. “Coming from Canada, I’m not used to this level of intolerance, eh.”

Bieber went on to say that Muslims are “super cool,” Christians are “lame-o-rama,” and that the mosque will help “start a dialogue” with all religions about which Justin Bieber song is the most awesome.

“I was like seven when September 11th went down, and frankly I’m surprised people are still going on about it. Move on, already!”

Celebjihad.com seems to specialize in softcore celebrity porn, but poke around a bit and you find this disclaimer:

CelebJihad.com is a satirical website containing published rumors, speculation, assumptions, opinions, fiction as well as factual information

I was able to reach the proprietor of the site, who confirmed that the Bieber item is in fact a hoax. “[T]he fact that some people take it seriously is hilariously depressing,” he said in an e-mail.

Hilariously depressing pretty much sums it up.


Midday open thread

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  • Is it just me, or was this the LONGEST YEAR EVER?

    Time doesn’t fly when you’re not having fun.

  • Do you love “top ten list of 2010” features? Then click here. It’s a list of lists.
  • Long-time Daily Kos villain Lanny Davis really is one of the scummiest people ever.

    Since leaving the White House, Mr. Davis has built a client list that now includes coup supporters in Honduras, a dictator in Equatorial Guinea, for-profit colleges accused of exploiting students, and a company that dominates the manufacture of additives for infant formula. This month, he agreed to represent the Ivory Coast strongman whose claims to that country’s presidency have been condemned by the international community and may even set off a civil war.

    Even Politico — which usually lionizes DC lobbyist whores — mocked Davis’ shocking lack of ethics in the subject header of their daily email blast:

    Lanny Davis: voice for the voiceless (0k/month)

  • For a Republican Party obsessed with “unprecedented power grabs”, what does this look like?

    A little-noticed detail in the new rules proposed by House GOP leaders would greatly increase the power of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee. As National Journal’s Katy O’Donnell reports, the new rules say that, for fiscal 2011, the chairman will set spending limits without needing a vote.

  • There’s nothing conservatives won’t do to feed their paranoia.
  • This Modern World’s 2010 The Year in Crazy. Seriously, 2010 sucked.
  • One of Politico’s 10 worst decision of 2010:

    Raul Grijalva’s home-state boycott:

    For a Democrat with a safe seat in the House of Representatives, this was a year to duck and cover as your more vulnerable colleagues got swept away by the GOP tornado. Instead, Grijalva stuck his head up: In response to Arizona’s passage of a controversial anti-illegal immigration state law, Grijalva joined those calling for a boycott of his own home state. Cue the Republican bumper stickers: “Boycott Grijalva, not Arizona.” His opponent, a 28-year-old first-time candidate, drew close in the polls, but Grijalva ended up surviving with less than 50 percent of the vote.

    See? Sticking your head out and standing for something, like opposition to your state’s racist law targeting fellow Latinos, is a “mistake”. He should’ve just shut up and done nothing. Then people wouldn’t have had to confront the ugliness of the Arizona law.

  • No shit.

    A senior House Republican said Thursday that the ideological differences dividing the parties on the thorny topic of immigration reform are “almost irreconcilable.”

    While most Republicans want illegal immigrants to be treated as criminals who broke the law, said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Democratic leaders want “a more lenient policy” allowing some illegal residents to remain an active part of U.S. society.

    “We have that basic sticking point — the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration,” Barton told CNN.

    Republicans seem to think that treating 11 million (give or take a few million) undocumented immigrants like criminals will somehow solve the problem. Democrats are more focused on real solutions that can properly integrate these immigrants into American society.

    This part, however, is hilarious:

    The issue is rife with political implications, as both parties are racing to court the fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters. Barton said he’s not worried that the GOP’s hard-line approach to illegal immigration will haunt the party at the polls.

    “We consider the Hispanic vote a key cornerstone of our base,” Barton said. “It doesn’t make sense, as the majority party, to try to exclude or to ignore any voting bloc that’s as strong and as conservative as the Hispanic voters are in Texas.”

    Only 35 percent of Texas Latinos voted Republican in the 2010 presidential election. With Democratic Latino turnout depressed in 2010, Republicans were still only able to get 38 percent of the Latino vote in 2010.

    There’s nothing “base” about the Latino vote and the GOP. They are diametrically opposed. And the trends will only accelerate as the 2012 GOP nominating battle becomes a contest in who can hate Latinos the most. I bet the GOP nominee barely cracks 30 percent in Texas in 2012.