The Year In Review In Review

Haven’t had your fill of year-end reviews? Maybe these will strike your fancy.

1) From the New York Times style-chasing Thursday Styles:

The 110 Things New Yorkers Talked About in 2010

Representative sample:

1.Bedbugs.

2.Pee-wee Herman’s comeback.

3.Larry King’sfarewell.

4. The best campaign slogan of 2010: “I am not a witch.”

5.Ricky Martin comes out.

6.Steven Slater wigs out.

7. Four Loko, R.I.P.

8.Justin Bieber gets a new haircut.

9. There is no justice: Mondo loses to Gretchen on “Project Runway.”

10. Well, maybe there is: Bristol Palin finally is ousted on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Meee-ow.

2) From the Daily Beast:

The 20 Smartest People Of 2010

Whose minds shined brightest, with the most impact, in the past year? The Daily Beast, aided by a panel of two-dozen MacArthur “genius” fellows, unveils the 20 smartest people of 2010.

Representative sample (gallery here) from the Top Ten: Jon Stewart, Bill & Melinda Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Julian Assange, Aaron Sorkin . . .

Yawn.

3) From the always-sassy BettyConfidential:

The 10 Biggest Celeb Stories of 2010

From Bristol’s dancing shoes to the voicemail heard ’round the world, celebrities certainly kept us entertained in 2010!

Exclusive Betty-on-Betty scene:

10. Live, from New York, it’s Betty White!

Betty White

2010 was another golden year for 88-year-old actress Betty White, and after a successful Facebook campaign of nearly 500,000 fans caught the attention of Saturday Night Live, White took to the stage at NBC studios on May 9th as the host of the sketch comedy show, proving that age ain’t nothin’ but a number, and Betty, well—she can make anything funny.

Yucks.

4) From Real Clear Politics:

The Five Worst Op-Eds of 2010

Among the winners:

• David Broder’s Washington Post column “How Obama Might Recover,” which essentially recommends starting a war with Iran

• Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated column “Throw the Wikibook at Them,” which essentially recommends executing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

• Thomas Friedman’s New York Times op-ed column “Malia for President,” which urges Barack Obama to “think like a kid” about the Gulf oil spill:

Kids get it. They ask: Why would we want to stay dependent on an energy source that could destroy so many birds, fish, beaches and ecosystems before the next generation has a chance to enjoy them? Why aren’t we doing more to create clean power and energy efficiency when so many others, even China, are doing so? And, Daddy, why can’t you even mention the words “carbon tax,” when the carbon we spill into the atmosphere every day is just as dangerous to our future as the crude oil that has been spilling into the gulf?

But – all due respect to Real Clear Politics – the hardworking staff’s vote goes to Friedman’s piece headlined “Still Digging” (tip o’ the pixel to the Weekly Standard):

More than ever, America today reminds me of a working couple where the husband has just lost his job, they have two kids in junior high school, a mortgage and they’re maxed out on their credit cards. On top of it all, they recently agreed to take in their troubled cousin, Kabul, who just can’t get his act together and keeps bouncing from relative to relative. Meanwhile, their Indian nanny, who traded room and board for baby-sitting, just got accepted to M.I.T. on a full scholarship and will be leaving them in a few months. What to do?

Yikes.

5) From Time magazine, 50 – count ‘em – 50 lists:

The Top 10 Everything of 2010

The lists range from the predictable – Top 10 Buzzwords (Viva, Vuvuzela!), Top 10 Overreported Stories (Via con Dios, Terry Jones) – to the disposable: Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities, anyone?

Which reminds me: Time’s up. Happy New Year to all.

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4 Responses to The Year In Review In Review

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    meee-ow? No, you-ow.

    Me? Snore!

    Never liked year-end summaries, sort-of-like living in the past!

    Now, predictions, they’re fun. Always amusing to see a pundit miss by a mile.

    Try it John, I expect you might do far better than average. Even where you may be wrong, the dripping irony that you often weave into your musings would make for a good read.

    All the best in the New Year and the denizens of Campaign Headquarters.

    Campaign Outsider is often the sunshine needed for the cloudy day; please keep on shining.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Mudge. But, careful – don’t wanna lower your sky-high Curmedgeon rating.

      Meanwhile, best for the new year.

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    add “to” in the appropriate place. Too much New Years last night?

  3. Curmudgeon says:

    Happens only on New Years , Rosh Hashanah and Chistmas.

    Locked away the rest of the year.

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