Friday, January 1, 2010

The Year's End - Top 10's, The Best Of, And The Worst Of,

Hot Air's Obamateurism Of The Year: the Presidential Shout-Out after a terrorist attack that killed 14 people at Fort Hood.

Hot Air's Person/People Of The Year:
Winner: Tea Party Activists
Runner's Up:
1. Neda Soltan and The Green Party Movement
2. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
3. Sarah Palin
4. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad/Ali Khamenei
5. Nicolas Sarkozy
6. General Stanley McChrystal

Dana Loesh's Most Underreported Stories of 2009:
1. Climategate
2. The Tea Party Movement
3. Fort Hood and Islamic Extremism In The U.S.
5. HCR Cover-up
6. NEA
7. DHS, Napolitano target dissent
7. Kevin Jennings - Fistgate
8. Van Jones
9. Obama's Lack of Success

Don Surbers Man of the Year:
Winner: Sarah Palin
His runner-up: Rush Limbaugh
His Finalists:
3. Kenneth Gladney
4. Glenn Beck,
5. Douglas W. Elmendorf
6. Jim Justice
7. 23 Carnegie Medal heroes
8. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell
9. Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III
10. Hannah Giles
11. Stephen McIntyre
12. Rick Santelli
13. James Crowley
14. Andrew Breitbart
15. Jasper Schuringa

The Next Right has their top ten political events of 2009:
1. Economic Crisis and Fiscal Incompetence
2. The Rise of the Liberty Movement
3. Climategate
4. The Health Care Debacle
5. Liberty Defiant in Honduras
6. John Mackey Speaks Out
7. Unrest in Iran
8. The Undiebomber
9. The Scozzafava Disaster
10. The Return of Sarah Palin

And My Own Assessments:

Most Important Unknown People:
1. The person who released the data and e-mails that formed Climategate
2. The person who leaked Gen. McChyrstal's Afghan Assessment to the Washington Post

Most Important Supreme Court Decision: Ricci v. Destefano, which had important implications for reverse racism and the use of statistics to establish racism.

Obama's Biggest Foreign Policy Mistake: Treating Iran's theocracy as a legitimate government and wasting a year in talks while, at the same time, failing to decisively support from Iran's nascent revolution.


O Bloody Hell said...

Along much the same lines, though more limited in focus:

Patterico’s Los Angeles Dog Trainer Year in Review 2009

Well worth the read. The extent of the application of pure doublethink, across the board, in one location alone, is breathtaking.

A tea partier said...

What about Heller for "most important supreme court decision"?

GW said...

Heller, arguably the most important SCT decision of the decade, came in 2008. It also came within a weak of the worst SCT decision of the past half century - Boumediene. Both of them were more important than Ricci, but didn't fall in the right year.