December 30, 2008

Couldn’t Help But Comment ….. (123008, Morning)

Old Media Head-Bang Alert — Sarah Palin is popular and admired (HT Instapundit): “Word came this weekend that a new USA Today – Gallup Poll found the 44-year-old Palin, a mother of five, is the nation’s second most-admired woman, behind only Hillary Clinton and ahead of someone named Oprah Winfrey.” Palin, unlike the other two women, hasn’t promoted two books by congenital fibbers (Hillary — hers and Bill’s; Oprah — “A Million Little Pieces” and, just recently “Angel at the Fence,” a truly dreadful hoax about a supposed Holocaust-related romance, and which, sadly, was a Positivity post in its very early stages at BizzyBlog in March 2006). I’ve noted that it’s a hoax at my post; Oprah hasn’t gotten around to it yet.


It’s going to be hard to make this not look like sour grapes, but I’ll try. For the first time since I’ve been blogging, BizzyBlog is not a finalist for Best Business Blog.

The breaking of the three-year string seems odd for four reasons:

  1. One would think that almost a year of exposure from a weekly Pajamas Media column that has been about some biz, econ, or political econ topic over 80% of the time would answer any “you write too much about politics and media bias” objection.
  2. The nominating page shows BizzyBlog with the second-highest number of “seconds” to its original nomination (11; the highest was Suitably Flip at 26; third place had 6).
  3. The second-oddest thing is that Club for Growth, which has won the past three times out (2007; 2006; 2005), was nominated, but wasn’t selected as a finalist.
  4. But the oddest thing is this — Of the 10 finalists, only five were nominated at all (Suitably Flip, Clean Techies, The Simple Dollar, Deep Capture, and Smart Bear). The five others (Econbrowser, Silicon Valley Insider, A Fistful of Euros, Seth’s Blog, Ask A Manager) weren’t nominated.

But this is not the time or place to pick any further nits. I congratulate the finalists, urge readers to cast informed votes, and that is that.

Now to yours truly’s recommendations in other selected categories (links to ballots don’t exist as of when this post was prepared):

  • Best Blog (there seem to be a lot of omissions in this category) — Hot Air
  • Best Individual Blog — Anchoress
  • Best Comic Strip — Day by Day
  • Best Conservative Blog — Though at least half are deserving, I’m casting my lot with American Thinker, because of the depth and variety. There should be a category for Story of the Year, which would go to Pamela at Atlas Shrugs for the mountain of work she did on the Obama Campaign’s Credit-Card Crackup.
  • Best Military Blog — Michael Yon should be in the Best Individual Blog category, but since he’s not, he gets the nod (barely) over Blackfive.
  • Best Law Blog — Volokh Conspiracy
  • Best Science Blog — With a few good globaloney debunkers, this is a tough call. Flip a coin between Climate Audit and Watt’s Up With That.
  • Best Podcast — Pundit Review
  • Best Video Blog — Ms. Underestimated

Also — How Iowahawk isn’t a Best Humor Blog finalist, and how Instapundit isn’t a Best Individual Blog finalist, both escape me. Update, Jan. 6, 2009: Found him — Instapundit is a finalist in the “Best Major Blog” category.


Tony Blankley notes a disturbing “education” trend: “….. textbooks relate Christian and Jewish religious traditions as stories attributed to some source (for example, “According to the New Testament “), while Islamic traditions are related as indisputable historical facts.”

Okay, here’s another indisputable fact about certain practitioners of Islam near Toledo:

….. my former “Palestinian” student-neighbors purposely showed me a newsletter from the Islamic Center in Perrysburg, Ohio that had a story from the Haddith (sic) — sayings attributed to Mohammad — that spoke of a war in the last days between Jews and Muslims, and how Jews would hide behind trees and the trees would say, “There’s a Jew behind me, kill him!” except for one tree that would shelter the Jew.

Yes, that’s the same Hadith that got Imam Ahmed Alzaree into trouble when he tried to become the spiritual leader at the Islamic Center of Cleveland in the fall of 2007.

The popularity of that Hadith does more than a little damage to the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace.”


First GM gets bailed out, and now GMAC.


Paul Krugman thinks state governments should be spending more, not less. The idea would have some credibility if states ever economized during prosperous times. But they rarely do.



  1. That Oprah SURE knows how to pick a book, eh?

    Comment by Warner Todd Huston — December 31, 2008 @ 7:02 am

  2. What a shame that the Rosenblats lied about their story. I wish Oprah would publicize only checked-out true stories from now on forward.

    I read about a genuine Holocaust love story in the NY Times recently and it’s better than the Rosenblats anyway. Stan Lee and Neal Adams the famous comic book artists were publicizing the story of Dina Gottliebova Babbitt. I checked and I’m surprised there’s no book on this yet. It’s a great story! It also appears to be all true, thankfully.

    Dina Gottliebova Babbitt who was a 19 year old art student at Auschwitz. There she painted Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on the wall of the children’s barracks to cheer them up. Dina’s art became her salvation and helped her find true love!

    Dr. Mengele, the Angel of Death, found out about the mural Dina painted and called for her. She thought she was going to be gassed, but she bravely stood up to Mengele and he decided to make her his portrait painter, saving herself and her mother from the gas chamber.

    After the war, Dina interviewed for a job as an animator based on the art she did in Auschwitz and the person interviewing her turned out to be the man who created Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs for the movie. They fell in love and got married. Show White saved Dina’s life twice! I love this story!

    Comment by Barbara — January 3, 2009 @ 2:52 am

  3. #2, your story partially checks out at Wikipedia, but not the Snow White stuff. Do you have a link?

    Comment by TBlumer — January 3, 2009 @ 5:44 am

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