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Thanksgiving Awards, Part II

As in the last three years, I also give out my Golden Drumsticks for people who have done credit to the nation.  Previous winners:

2007: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ron Paul, Barack Obama, David Petraeus, Juan Carlos, Burma’s monks

2008: US Military, Jeff Flake, Ron Paul, Republican Governors, Barack Obama

2009: The American Fighting Man, Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd, George W. Bush

Here, we (WVR did the 2007 nominations) do have a few regrets.  Our recognition of Obama represented the hope that he wouldn’t be quite so liberal.  And a number of Republican governors have disappointed since.  Still, most of those decisions look good.

So here are the 2010 Golden Drumsticks:

The Tea Party: Yes, I’m concerned about some of the social conservatism and extremism that occasionally creeps in.  And I wish they’d nominated less insane people for Senate in Alaska, Delaware and Nevada.  But the impact of the Tea Party is much broader and deeper than a few nutball congressional candidates.  They’re changing the game and became a conduit for voter rage that tossed out Congress.  They can stay on this list by holding the Republicans’ feet to the fire and accepting that fixing our country may require some pain.

Chris Christie: His Youtube videos, which his staff carefully manage are not only “common sense porn” for conservative, they show someone who understand the new media and how it can be used to advance conservative ideas.  He’s rescuing New Jersey from the fiscal abyss and inspiring others to do the same.  There’s actually a part of me that hopes he never runs for President.  I don’t want to see him corrupted by the office.

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles: With a debt commission apparently deadlocked, they released their own first crack at balancing the budget.  They spared no sacred cows and pulled no punches.  Doubtless any plan that we actually implement will be different.  But they’ve gotten a conversation started.  Hopefully, the Republicans will start moving ahead on these ideas—even if it means working with Obama.

The Next Wave of Republicans: Mitch Daniels, Gary Johnson, Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, etc.  There is hope for the GOP.  The leadership is still insane and the official spokesman (Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin) have no idea how to govern.  Keep a close on Marco Rubio, especially.  If he keeps his nose clean, he’s Presidential material.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg: Who would have thought that a coalition of Tories and Liberal Democrats would be hacking away at both the deficit and the British police state?  Cameron is the sort of conservative leader I hope eventually emerges in America—conservative in his personal life but culturally liberal in his policies, serious about the debt and energetic.

The American Soldiers: As always.

Honorable Mention: The Innocence Project, Jon Stewart, Mi-Hossein Mousavi, Liu Xiaobo, Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better”, Nicolas Sarkozy, Bill Gates, the LA Times investigations, the people of Bell California.

Nominate your own in the comments.  And have a very happy thanksgiving.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/25/10 at 10:18 AM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/26/10 at 01:45 AM from United States

George W. Bush. Yes, I gave him a lot of grief as President. But as post-President, he’s been classy and looks quite relaxed and comfortable these days. He’s aged, but aged well.

The Chilean Miners. Possibly the feel-good story of the year.

Sarah Palin. Yeah, I know-but she’s got spunk, and has shown a mama grizzly’s strength in the face of a stalker/writer and Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Paul Ryan. A man with an actual plan, one of the aforementioned future leaders of the GOP.

Global Warming Skeptics. They exposed Climategate, used real science to debunk Al Gore, and didn’t back down.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/26/10 at 01:56 AM from United States

Honorable mentions: Dennis Miller, Conan O’Brien, Elizabeth Merkel, the “Don’t Touch My Junk” guy, the “Exhausted voter” lady.

Posted by on 11/26/10 at 02:29 AM from United States

Well since we are all pro-corporation here I am going to nominate Barack Hussein Obama for doing such a good job.

Corporate Profits Break Recod

Corporate profits hit record rate
By Jia Lynn Yang November 23, 2010
U.S. companies hauled in profits at a record annual rate of $1.66 trillion dollars in the third quarter, according to a report by the Department of Commerce Tuesday containing a number of economic indicators.

Posted by on 11/26/10 at 10:10 AM from Germany

Well since we are all pro-corporation here I am going to nominate Barack Hussein Obama for doing such a good job.

You don’t actually read anything here, do you?  You just think you know what’s going on, and cluelessly post away.

Oh, and your mom say’s you’re a “bitter disappointment”....

Posted by on 11/30/10 at 11:41 AM from United States

Are you all kidding me? Tea Partiers, “new” Republicans, George W Bush, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and talk show hosts Jon Stewart, Dennis Miller and Conan O Brien??? Maybe I missed something, but I thought these awards were supposed to be for people that made America better?

Anyway, the list is short, but my nominations would be:

1) Ron Paul - Continues to be the lone vote and voice of sanity in the House.

2) Peter Schiff / Austrian economists - Continuing to try to educate the dolts of America that the current economic policies are the problem, not the solution.

3) Radley Balko / Reason Magazine - Covering the personal liberty issues that the mainstream press won’t.

Posted by on 11/30/10 at 04:33 PM from United States

U.S. companies hauled in profits at a record annual rate of $1.66 trillion dollars in the third quarter, according to a report by the Department of Commerce Tuesday containing a number of economic indicators.

Just a few lines further:

Adjusted for inflation, however, this quarter’s annual rate does not set a record, which is still held by the third quarter of 2006.

Third Quarter 2006, when Bush was President and Congress was Republican.

I am going to nominate Barack Hussein Obama for doing such a good job.

Our economy is desperately treading water, and Obama’s solution is to toss it a boat anchor.  You call that “doing such a good job”?

Pathetic dipshit.

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