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Poll of the Day: What Do You Think of Jenna Bush Hager Joining the Cast of The Today Show?

For those that missed it, Jenna Bush has been chosen to join the cast of NBC’s “Today” show as a guest reporter to talk about once a month on topics like education.  Do you think this was a good move for Jenna?  Will you tune in to watch once she starts next month?  Vote below in today’s “Polls (Overachieving) of the Day”!

   

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Michelle Obama Took Job Creation a Little Too Far

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With the official U.S. unemployment rate approaching double digits (and that doesn’t even include those that have given up), we are clearly in need of job creation.  That does not, however, mean that Michelle Obama should take that responsibility into her own hands and hire a new fleet of staff members to improve our numbers.

Factcheck.org (They’re non-partisan, folks!) has confirmed that Madame Michelle employs 26 “attendants”, all making a pretty penny by her side.  Job titles range from her very own “Chief of Staff” at the top of the ladder, to the “Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady” at the bottom.  Lady Michelle even has her own personal make-up artist and hair dresser; two positions that haven’t been filled since the Bill Clinton’s days in the White House (BaDum Chhh).  Perhaps the most outrageous aspect of all of this is the salaries made by all of her employees; the “Chief of Staff” makes a cool $172,000 for her efforts.  I guess the number seems more outrageous when you take into account that Rahm Emanuel, the Chief of Staff to the PRESIDENT makes the exact same amount.  I would imagine his work hours are a wee bit longer.  And while not all salaries are that high (although, when you’re the “Assistant to the Assistant of the Director of Correspondence to the First Lady” I can’t imagine you’re workload is very heavy), only the bottom 6 positions are pulling in less than $50,000.  And when you get down that low, nearly every position is something secretarial (is that a word?).

I don’t mean to pick on only Michelle.   I mean, even Laura Bush had a hoard of  attendants.  She had 11 less, mind you, but even that’s a little high.  I guess Michelle thought she was worth $700,000-$800,000 more in upkeep?  Whatever the case, the increase in the already high number of servants roaming the White House to tend exclusively to the First Lady isn’t coming at the greatest time when some in Congress are trying to squeeze out upwards of 2 trillion dollars for the national healthcare movement.  You’d think they’d cut out some of assistants’ assistants, but then again, who thinks at all anymore?

Do you think 26 is a reasonable of attendants for the First Lady?  What useful things could we do with the nearly 2 million dollar payroll for these folks?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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ColorOfChange.org Has Nothing To Do With It’s Time

I wasn’t blogging again when Glenn Beck called Obama a racist, so here’s my opinion in a sentence or two:

I don’t really agree with him, but I do know that he’s got a right to his opinion.  I do think though that Obama sees race and it influences his decisions.  So take with that what you will.

Anyway, after his comments there was, understandably, a considerable amount of outrage.  It gave MSNBC good ammunition for a couple of days, and with viewer numbers like theirs, God knows they needed it.  However, ColorOfChange.org took it a step further and decided they should start a petition to get advertisers to remove advertising from The Glenn Beck Program.  So far they’ve been successful in getting GEICO, Lawyers.com, Progressive Insurance, Procter & Gamble, and SC Johnson to drop they’re advertisements from the program.  Now, they’re definitely entitled to start they’re little petition, and obviously they had enough support to get it somewhere.  But how, might I ask, does this further the mission of the Color Of Change Organization?  That’s got me scratching my head.

If your not familiar with ColorOfChange.org, here’s a little bit about them in their words: “ColorOfChange.org is strengthening Black America’s political voice”.  So, by getting advertisers to pull out of Glenn Beck’s show, they are strengthening Black America’s voice?  How does this “make the government more responsive to the concerns of Black America’s”?  Answer:  It doesn’t.  This is just hate from the left to combat the opinions of the right.

I’m not sure what ColorOfChange.org was doing when Kanye West called George Bush a racist in 2005 (and even went as far as to say that he didn’t care about black people), but I find it hard to believe they were doing anything but nodding along.  I can remember laughing at my friends that were “boycotting Kanye West forvever!” because of his comments because, quite frankly, who cares?  If he thinks that, more power to him.  By the way, “Heartless” by Kanye West is one of my favorite rap/R&B songs ever EVEN THOUGH Kanye thinks Dubya is a crazy racist.

So, ColorOfChange.org, the next time you guys are bored and need a fun petition to start, do something productive that actually helps fulfill your “cause”.  Because I assure, Glenn Beck will find advertisers, no matter how many people you “convince” to drop his show.  He comes on at 5 and still has ya prime-time boy Olbermann beat in viewers.

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Poll of the Day: Do You Think Miley Cyrus Is A Good Example for Children?

After all of Miley’s questionable “photo shoots” and her latest pole dancing debacle, do you think she is a good role model for young children?  Vote in today’s poll about the pole (what a pun) below!

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Don’t just vote in the poll, leave your opinion below!  What do you think should be done about Miley’s questionable choices?  Should Disney take action?   Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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TCJ Honorary Plaque of Fail: Miley “Pole Dancing Skank” Cyrus

I am not okay with this.

I am not okay with this.

Miiiley, you got esplaining to do!  America’s teen pop annoyance Miley Cyrus shows us she has no plans to “keep it G” for much longer by breaking out the stripper pole and dancing the night away.  I feel like the above picture should be blurred out in it’s entirety, except of course for the young man visible in the bottom left because I can tell he tried hard to get into the shot.

Skankarina Cyrus’s name is probably long overdue in the “Plaque of Fail” department, but I was waiting for just the right time.  And what better time than after she shows all of her pre-teen/tween fans how to be tasteful and classy young ladies?  I don’t have children, and I don’t watch or support Miley myself, but if I was the dad of a young girl that idolized Mrs. Cyrus, I’d be fuming right about now.  At not only Cyrus, but also at Disney Channel for refusing to take action against her skanky behavior even after SEVERAL offenses.  “Parents can rest assured that all content presented on the Disney Channel is age-appropriate for our audience – kids 6-14 – and consistent with what our brand values are” is all Disney had to say?  I mean of course she won’t be on a pole on her Disney Channel show!  But when you have millions of kids following your poster child’s every move, you have to at least speak against such behavior or you lose a little credibility in the childhood values department.

So, Mrs. Cyrus, keep your pole dancing ways at the club, in your room, or pretty much just anywhere that won’t allow it to wind up on TV where millions of little girls that look up to you can be negatively influenced by it.  Thank you.

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Rocker Saved. Allison Iraheta Has Signed with Jive!

WOOO!  I am pleased to report that Allison Iraheta from Season 8 of American Idol has officially been signed with Jive!  I think this label will do a great job promoting her and getting her singles to radio and sales for the album.

Through out the season I had my doubts she’d get picked up by a 19 Entertainment label with the judges always seeming to downplay her talents, but I’m so happy I was wrong!  I imagine we can see the debut CD out sometime this fall.  I can’t wait, I’m sure it’ll be awesome!  Let’s just hope they let her be who she wants to be as an artist.

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Congratualtions to Kris Allen for His American Idol Win!

Sorry I coulnd’t post last night, I was quite busy.  But I am pleased this morning to say congratulations Kris, I look forward to hearing his music post-idol.  He’s come a long way from being unknown in the Top 36.  I wish him the best of luck.  Also worth noting, Adam couldn’t have been a more gracious loser last night.  I’m sure he’d probably thought he was going to win deep down (I sure did!), but I think he was truly happy for Kris win the results were announced.  I’m sure he’ll also have success, and I wish him the best of luck as well.

Highlights of the Finale for me in the order I remembered them, if that tells you anything:

  • Allison and Cyndi Lauper duet.  Cyndi wasn’t at her finest, but they sounded great together!
  • Kris Allen and Keith Urban duet.  Kris outdid Keith on this one.  I could see him doing country/pop.
  • David Cook singing “Permanent” for charity.  I thought was a great vocal.  I love the song as well.
  • Megan Joy/Steve Martin singing and banjo-ing to his song.  I know Michael was a part of that as well, but this is the highlight section!
  • Kara DioGuardi killing Bikini Girl.  And the whole bathing suit.  One of my favorite moments ever.
  • Adam/Kris singing “We Are the Champions” with Queen.
  • Adam singing with KISS.  Adam’s voice  sounds excellently in this kind of setting.  It’s the songs like “One” that a perpetual screech does not work.
  • The one note Fergie hit properly during “Boom Boom Pow” that was incredible.
  • The Golden Idols.  I know, I know, they are incredibly corny.  But I also think they are incredibly entertaining.

Lowlights

  • Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah.  This was just a whole lotta “okay”.  Quite monetenous after a while.
  • The Santana medley thing.  Santana was great on guitar, but I didn’t like these performances.
  • “I’m Yours” with all the Idols and Jason Mraz.  I couldn’t be more sick of this song.  Plus I thought it was a Megan Joy/Anoop duet.  NEED MEGAN.
  • Rod Stewart.
  • Danny Gokey and Lionel Ritchie dueting.  Too “meh”, too old.
  • The other notes Fergie hit during “Boom Boom Pow”/”Big Girls Don’t Cry”.
  • Michael Sarver’s part in the “Pretty Flowers” trio.

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American Idol Finale Performances Recap

This….. is…… American Idol!  Sorry, I had to.  I hadn’t done that yet this season I don’t think.  Anyway, Season 8 comes down to this, the final six competition performances of the year.  I’m sure it’ll be epic.  Hmm.

Ryan reminds us to all fix our DVRs for the finale runover, but I will predict now that millions of people will still flock to message boards to complain.  First up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Mad World” by Tears for Fears for his re-do performance.  What’s up with the cape, man?  Haha, and the dramatic fog screens going across the floor?  This is over the top without even trying to be.  But in all seriousness, this is good.  I think it’s better than the first time he did it overall.  There aren’t any small bum notes anywhere, which is always a plus.  I’m not seeing the big twist that we heard he was going to do, but it was still good.  Not your typical Adam Lambert here.  Randy gave it an A+ and loved the fog machines, Kara said he is an incredible artist, Paula told him to bask in it, and Simon thought it was over theatrical like Phantom of the Opera.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers for his re-do performance.  Kris has really nice parents, I really like them.  I will probably miss them more than anyone this season, except for Allison.  And Meghan.  So nevermind.  Anyway, this has been one of my favorite performances from Kris this year, so I’m glad he went with this one.  It’s more understated than his other two, so it’ll be good to bring it back to the fore front.  Great performance.  This is more my kind of thing.  Really good ending, too.  Randy thought it was one of his best ever, Kara complicated his ability to make an intimate bond, Paula says something about “Allenizing” things, and Simon said he had doubted America’s choice last week, but now he takes it all back.

I’d have to give that round to Kris, and Simon agrees with me.  I always knew Simon knew what he was talking about.

Adam Lambert singing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Patti LaBelle and Sam Cook for Simon Fuller’s choice.  Wow, this is really good, I’ve gotta say.  He’s hitting some big ole notes as usual, but it seems to work well for this song.  I enjoyed this much more than the first one.  It’s one of my favorite Adam performances of the year for sure.  There’s more substance to it than usual screech fest.  The judges pretty much all thought that it was his best ever, and Simon said he was definitely back in the game.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye for Simon Fuller’s choice.  This is very Kris Allen, to quote Paula.  A very cool pop sound to this one, which is definitely what he should go with after Idol.  I think this performance is proof that he has the most potential radio success after Idol from anyone this season.  It’s not his best, but I could imagine hearing it on the radio.  Randy thought it was a little light for him, Kara like the song choice and thought he delivered a message, Paula thought he “tore it up” and made Marvin Gaye proud, and Simon thought it was like 3 friends in a bedroom strumming along to Marvin Gaye and too laid back for a finale.

Simon gave that round a million percent to Adam.  I think it goes to Adam as well, but not by a million percent.

Oh great, now the epic coronation song is up.  I can’t wait to see that one.  Not.

Adam Lambert singing “No Boundaries”, this year’s coronation song written by Kara DioGuardi.  This song typical Idol cheese, limburger to be exact.  He’s doing a great job vocally, though it gets a little shouty in the end.  Not typical Adam “screech” just shouty.  This song is going to kill Kris unless they allowed them to change it up.  Good vocal for Adam, though not the most captivating performance.  Randy thought it was pitchy, Kara gave herself a shout out for writing it (Come on Kara), Paula will forever be his fan, and Simon made fun of the song, but said Adam has been one of the best and most original ever.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “No Boundaries” as well.  Unless Kris can change it up it’s going to kill him.  Well, the beginning was really good!  In the middle it kind of fell a part a bit, but he got it back together.  I actually really liked that.  The song didn’t kill him like I thought it would.  Adam’s always got him beat as far as range and ability, but Kris knows what he can do and does it really well.  Randy thought the key was high, but said he was amazing; Kara said he is a compelling artist and incredible person; Paula said he’s done an amazing job this season and deserved every bit of it; and Simon said the first was his best, but watching him as been incredible because he has improved so much.

Now the real reason everyone’s watching American Idol tonight…

Carrie Underwood singing the good-bye song “Home Sweet Home”.  Carrie’s looking great back on the Idol stage!  Great performance of “Home Sweet Home” by Carrie.  I think this just proves that she is the greatest winner of American Idol.  She is one of the only people that actually sound better live than in the studio.  I will always be a fan.  I give the night to Carrie Underwood!

What did you think of tonight’s show?  Who do you think will be winning tomorrow night?

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Poll of the Day: What Do You Think of Barack’s Speech at Notre Dame?

If you haven’t watched his speech from Notre Dame, you can click here to watch the highlights.  Vote below about the speech in today’s poll of the day!

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Video of the Day: Barack’s Speech at Notre Dame

As they say in show business, the show must go on.  And despite all the protests and subsequent arrests, of course, the show did in fact go in.  Barack delivered his speach to the crowd of the graduating class of ’09 as well as countless spectators.  Anyone that can decipher what that heckler said please let us know:

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Video of the Day: Protestors Flock to Notre Dame

Outside the gates of Notre Dame in Indiana, hundreds of people protested the arrival of golden boy Barack to give his address on the campus.  The protestors were out in full force against his views on abortion and stem cell research.  Ironically enough, “Roe” from Roe v. Wade was in attendance to PROTEST abortion, though in the original historic case she was in support of legalizing abortion.  Watch the AP Video below:

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Poll of the Day: What Do You Think of Joe Biden’s Latest Gaffe?

If you missed the story, you can read the full coverage by clicking here.

Joe Biden recently spewed some top secret information regarding the location of the Vice President’s secret hideout in the event of a national crisis.  What do you think of this latest gaffe?  Sound off below in the poll of the day!

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TCJ Honorary Plaque of Fail: Joe”I Have A Top Secret Bunker In My Basement!” Biden

Joe Biden swapping secrets with his waitor at dinner last week.

Joe Biden swapping secrets with his waitor at dinner last week.

Man, that Joe Biden is a card.  He just can’t seem to get it right, can he?  Joe’s been known for his gaffes over the years; in fact, there are several lists of them circulating around the interweb.  And while I usually think they are hilarious and innocent, this one’s got me a little worried about ole Joel.

Apparently, Joe told a group of friends he was having dinner with about the bunker, which held former Vice President Dick Cheney during and after 9/11.  The bunker is supposed to be top secret to ensure the safety of the VP should anything happen to the president.  Well of course, Joe couldn’t handle a little secret and now the world knows where he’ll be if the U.S. should face a 9/11-like attack in the future.  If his blunder results in the relocation of the secret hideout, it’ll be a real shame considering that in 2002 the bunker was apparently fixed up with the latest epuipment to sustain the VP and his staff after officials saw that it was not fully prepared to handle a crisis situation like 9/11.  Of course, Barack was not at all happy about this incident.  I don’t agree with anything he says, but at least he’s got enough sense not to leak top secret information.

Surely Joe can learn to keep his mouth shut before he leaks something even MORE secret than TOP secret.  But look on the bright side: Unless the people running top secret government stuff have learned their lessons, we can sit tight until Joe is briefed on the happenings at Area 51!  We’re surely in for a treat when he spills that.  And until then, I am honored to present Vice President Joe Biden with The Conservative Journal Honorary Plaque of Fail.

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Carrie Prejean to Guest Host ‘Fox and Friends’

As her Miss USA gay marriage debacle finally seems to be winding down, Miss California Carrie Prejean has been offered and has accepted a spot to guest host ‘Fox and Friends’ on May 27th for the 6 AM to 7 AM time slot.  She’s subbing for 1989 Miss America, Gretchen Carlson.

I think this is certainly a great oppurtunity for Ms. Prejean.  She certainly has the talent to do a great job.  I have to say, I’m guilty of accepting the air-headed stereotype of beauty pageant girls; however, Carrie is not at all that, but very intelligent and she will do a great job on ‘Fox and Friends’.  I sucked it up and watched Hannity (He’s the only FOX News anchor I can’t handle, besides Geraldo of course.  But no one likes him.) the other day to see his interview with her and she did a great job.  She seems like a really intelligent young lady, and I’m glad this oppurtunity presented itself.  Hopefully this will lead to more for Ms. Prejean!

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Video of the Day: Wanda Sykes at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Here’s the (in)famous video of Wanda Sykes at the White House Corresdponents’ Dinner.  As far as the outrage over it, I don’t think it was quite as bad as some are making it out to be.  Or at least, the part people are making a big deal about isn’t the part that bothers me the most.  The “I hope his kidneys fail” line was funny to me because I know she isn’t really wishing death on Rush Limbaugh.  The terrorist line was just not funny or acceptable.  There’s too much else to make fun of other than 9/11.  Here’s the video:

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