A every year ends all kinds of lists come out regarding the best and the worst of politics, movies, music, etc. I am not going to buck that trend:
Worst Political Move: Senator Blanche Lincoln(D) - The Arkansas senator made one of the most astounding votes as she voted against the Public Option in committee. The real reason and not the reason she gave was obvious. The insurance companies are against the public option and they contribute heavily towards her. The fact that most Arkansans support the public option point to a tough re-election campaign for her.
Best Political Move: Senator Olympia Snowe(R) - She effectively led the Senate Democrats around in committee and got a bill through that she personally endorsed.
Biggest Political Bonehead: Representative Joe Wilson(R) - In a heated and non-thinking moment for the Representative he suddenly burst out during President Obama's address and exclaimed, "You lie". Nevermind that the specific charge that Wilson was claiming Obama had lied about he wasn't, nevermind that it made Wilson look like a 10 year old that had his favorite toy taken away, nevermind, even, that he apologized and later took it back. It was a boneheaded move on his part and if a Democrat had shouted that at President Bush during his presidency every talking head on Fox News and talk radio would have demanded that the Democrat be charged with treason. What a difference a letter makes.
Worst Political Blunder: Senate Democrats - They had a chance to bring real reform to health care. Instead they allowed four Democratic senators to completely take the process hostage and the eventual bill that was passed was no real change but more of the same.
Worst Political Move that Worked: Sarah Palin(R) - Who else could quit as governor and leave the people of her state and actually gain more support from the ultra-conservatives. For months she railed on then candidate Barack Obama for not have the experience to be president and yet she couldn't even complete one term as governor. Most people that pull stunts like this typically see their political life end, Mrs. Palin for the meantime has seen hers extended.
Biggest Political Hack: Senator Jim DeMint(R) - Since October he has held up the nomination of a new head for the TSA. After a failed terrorist attack on Christmas Day, he blamed every Democrat he could find for the attempt even occurring. He even blamed the Democrats for their not being a head of the TSA. He has further blamed Obama for just about everything except actually making the attempt himself.
Runners-Up: The Republican Party - This is the party that for eight years branded any dissenter of President Bush's anti-terrorism methods as anti-American, America haters, etc., etc. only to turn around and completely obliterate the Obama Administration for being too weak on terrorism. they are so busy terrorizing the American people and trying to scare them into submission all the while blaming Obama for the fear they have completely forgotten about the actual terrorist. They have been reminded that after the shoe bomber attempted his terrorist act in December of 2001, no one questioned the President, no one came out calling President Bush weak on terrorism and that it took President Bush more than a week to even mention the terrorist attack but only in passing. Meanwhile President Obama made a statement almost immediately and has kept the American public aware of what's going on with the underwear bomber. Yet President Obama is the one weak on terrorism?
Now to go away from politics.
Mind you this list is solely based on what I have seen, listened to, etc.
Best Movie: Sherlock Holmes and Transformers 2 - I grew up on both Sherlock Holmes and Transformers so both of these movies coming out had me really anticipating them. I couldn't really decide which movie I enjoyed better. Transformers 2 was an excellent movie, that was well written, and moved quickly while Sherlock Holmes gave a needed new injection to the series with one of my favorite actors (and one who deservedly got a second shot) Robert Downey Jr.
Honorable Mentions: Star Trek and It's Complicated
Worst Movie: Star Wars: Clone Wars - I am a huge Star Wars fan. I was born the year the first movie came out and Star Wars became a part of my life thanks in large part to my late brother, Brandon. But this should have been released as nothing more than a television movie on Cartoon Network.
Best Album: KISS: Sonic Boom - Honestly it's the only album I bought this year but it was a great album and one of KISS's best albums. In my opinion three of their last four albums (Revenge, Carnival of Souls (which was actually a completed album of the band that consisted of the Revenge album but it was only released out of demand after the group reunited with the two original members) and Sonic Boom) are their best musically sounding albums of any of the other.
Biggest Unnecessary Jump to Conclusion: Global Warming Deniers response to hacked emails - This was a little embarrassing for the Global Warming Deniers. Some emails in Europe were hacked of scientists working on Global Warming. It got around that the emails admitted to what would have been the largest scam in the history of man. Without reading any of the emails for themselves a large group of Deniers in America declared that they had been right along. Unfortunately when the true texts of the emails came out it wasn't even close to what the Deniers had said was in those emails. To quote Donald Rumsfeld, "There was no there, there." In fact what was in the emails was a long discussion about where the starting point for the current global warming should be. There was no smoking gun they weren't conspiring to fool people they were trying to figure out when Global Warming began.
Worst Trend in Humanity: This one was quite simple for me. Something happened this year that had been percolating for years but finally blew up. People now have the ability to absolutely make things up about other people and they don't have to apologize for it. This one is quite astounding and it's not limited to politics it is happening all over the spectrum of humanity. When someone lies about what someone has said, or who they are, or what they are that person's life can absolutely be ruined by that lie. What's worse is that when the liar is caught there are typically three reactions: apologize for it and retract the lie, retract the lie but don't apologize (or issue a non-apology), or don't retract the lie and don't apologize. Unfortunately this year more and more people are choosing the third option, not only do they not apologize for the lie, they don't retract that lie and they often push that lie even after the lie has been proven to be completely untrue. It's a sad comment on humanity as a whole.
2010 should be a fun year especially with a mid-term election. Hope everyone has a great start to the year.