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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

"Americans love Glenn Beck"

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has a column today about Glenn Beck titled "Americans love Glenn Beck." He then continues with a diatribe about why he dislikes Beck.

I guess Mr. Milbank never heard of the saying "Every knock is a boost" or "Say what you want about me, just spell my name right." Beck is very popular right now. He has a radio show, a Fox News show, his books are best sellers, and his tours with fellow Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly are always sold out. SOMEBODY likes these guys and believes that they have something productive to say.

Mr. Milbank states that a recent Gallup poll shows that Beck is more popular than the pope. To paraphrase Babe Ruth, "Beck had a better year." Milbank also says that Beck’s popularity "doesn’t say much for the taste of many Americans." Keep pouring it on, Dana. The poll numbers don’t lie and a lot of people are unhappy with what is going on in Washington now and are itching to get to the polls in November. 2010 will be interesting.

Mitch Albom has spent most of his writing career doing sports for the Detroit Free Press. In recent years he has written some best selling books including Tuesdays With Morrie.

Mitch’s column today deals with rules that would be implemented in 2010 if he were in charge. It’s a funny look at some things we all probably wish would happen:

In 2010, no more vampires and no more Jon and Kate. I agree, I don’t ever go to "vampire" movies and I am sick of them. The same with Jon and Kate. All I know of them is they had a phony "reality show" with a bunch of kids and they broke up. So what? Why all the coverage?

I did a blog a couple months ago about sayings I wish would go away like "At the end of the day" and "Back in the day." Mitch adds some more: "totally," "I heard that," and "you go girl." He’s right, it’s time for those to go away.

This is one of my favorites: Coffee places like Starbucks need to have two lines. One for people who want a plain cup of "Joe" and one for the guys who have to have the foo-foo caramel mocha-half and half double shot- foamy latte. Why should we straight coffee drinkers have to wait behind those wimps?

One final wish from Mitch: "Wrap it up Harry Potter!" I’m for that. J. T. Rowling’s agent told her once that her first Harry Potter book was nice but that she shouldn’t expect to make any money from it. She has made billions since then but enough is enough. Let’s see more of that creativity applied to a different subject.


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