Top Hot Air posts in 2011: 31-40

posted at 3:30 pm on December 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In the second installment of our top 50 posts this year, determined by unique page views, we have positions 31-40, which include a fun think piece of mine that I didn’t dream would get that much attention, an amazing video post, and two of the bigger stories of 2011. Let’s take a walk down Memory Lane:

  • 40: Video: The ugly protest at Wisconsin’s Messmer Catholic School over Walker visit – This was part of the angry reaction to public-employee union reform in our neighboring state, and it didn’t get much uglier than this.  If one ever wanted to see an ironic contrast, watch how the well-behaved students of Messmer Prep get treated by the representatives of the teachers union.
  • 39: Obama adviser tells Congress she has more important things to do – The Obama administration’s officials have acted arrogantly enough in regard to Congress this year, but Elizabeth Warren took the cake.  The White House ended up withdrawing her nomination after she told the House Oversight Committee that she had other commitments that day and couldn’t stick around to testify longer … and the other commitment turned out to be an interview for Vanity Fair.
  • 38: Video: The skin gun – An amazing medical advance for burn victims, the video is a must see … as long as you’re not eating at the same time.
  • 37: Intel analyst to CNN host: “You’re just carrying water for Mr. Obama” – Did CNN hosts back the idea of “Islamic democracy” when George Bush launched the war in Iraq?  No, and Michael Scheuer draws blood in his riposte to Kiran Chetry’s defense of Obama’s Libyan adventure.  Scheuer didn’t back the Iraq War either, but as I wrote at the time, there was a lot more reason to hope for a democratic outcome in Iraq than in Libya.
  • 36: Prosser edging Kloppenburg in votes, recount all but assured – Not the first Prosser/Kloppenburg post in our top 50, and it won’t be the last.  This was one of the most intriguing stories of the year, and Hot Air readers certainly agreed.  Its twists and turns kept readers — and bloggers — fascinated.
  • 35: Weiner to address media at 4 p.m. ET – Another, er, big story this year was Congressman Anthony Weiner’s disgrace and eventual resignation.  In this presser, Weiner admitted to sending photos of his genitalia via Twitter but refused (temporarily) to resign, but Andrew Breitbart ended up stealing the show, demanding — and receiving — vindication from those who had accused him of setting Weiner up.
  • 34: What if Obama quit? – I’m actually very surprised to see this post in the Top 50.  I posted it on a Sunday, for one thing, and it was simply a speculative musing about the risks to the GOP if Obama bowed out of the 2012 election.  The only conclusion I can reach for the post’s popularity is that a lot of people would like to see Obama quit the re-election campaign.
  • 33: Former “alarmist” scientist says Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) based in false science – A great post from my friend Bruce McQuain out of our Green Room, this post deserves another look.  It’s really a treatise on how government funding can corrupt science by incentivizing findings that require more government intervention.
  • 32: Breaking: Olbermann announces the end of “Countdown” – I was the Best of Persons, I was the Worst of Persons, and finally Keith Olbermann went to a far, far better place for his ranting than ever he had gone before.
  • 31: Kirsten Powers Fesses Up; The Hill and Politico Silent on Truth about Bush Veto Override – Another good Green Room post from our friend Susan Anne Hiller, this is one case where the follow-up got more attention than the initial post.  Kudos to our friend Kirsten Powers for setting the record straight.

 

Be sure to check out positions 41-50 in yesterday’s post!


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Where are the Weiner jokes..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

My bad Bishop..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Where are the Weiner jokes..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

He’s nothing but a little prick.

Long haired country boy on December 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Where are the Weiner jokes..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

I guess my post about Weiner being nothing but a little pr1ck didn’t make it past the filter.

Long haired country boy on December 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I guess my post about Weiner being nothing but a little pr1ck didn’t make it past the filter.

Long haired country boy on December 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

It made..Just be glad you didn’t try to use the word Dick..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I guess my post about Weiner being nothing but a little pr1ck didn’t make it past the filter.

Long haired country boy on December 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

It made it fine..Just be glad you didn’t try to use the word Dick..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

WEINERGATE!!FTW

ted c on December 27, 2011 at 3:50 PM

government funding can corrupt science by incentivizing findings that require more government intervention

President Eisenhower gave two warnings in his farewell address. Many people are familiar with the first warning about the “military-industrial complex”, but they are not familiar with the second warning about the “scientific-technological elite”:

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

NCITTRP on December 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

#40,
Was tense,his life was in actual danger,by the
Protester Goons!

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Yup,Weiner tweeting his package all over
Gawds creation!

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Where are the Weiner jokes..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Hopefully back in his pants

Southernblogger on December 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Sad Irony of 2/2/12

In the coming New Year, 2012, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

This is an ironic juxtaposition of events.

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.

The other involves a groundhog.

VorDaj on December 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

This is an ironic juxtaposition of events.

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.

The other involves a groundhog.

VorDaj on December 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I’m so stealing that. ….nice work

ted c on December 27, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Where are the Weiner jokes..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Hopefully back in his pants

Southernblogger on December 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

There it is!

Tim_CA on December 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

1 picture of 2 pricks on the same page!

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Breitbart pre-empting Weiner’s presser with his own is still one of my favorite things to have happened in politics this year.

Catoclysmos on December 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

VorDaj on December 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

+1

docflash on December 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I guess my post about Weiner being nothing but a little pr1ck didn’t make it past the filter.

Long haired country boy on December 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

It made it fine..Just be glad you didn’t try to use the word Dick..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:47 PM
Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on December 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I just tried…and it got filtered.

1 picture of 2 pri@ks on 1 page!
(it went into thin air)

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Top Hot Air Post of 2012?

Barack Obama wins re-election!!!! Republicans fall. Heartache.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

never mind! The 30 seconds took 5 minutes…

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM

And when will Kirsten Powers start writing for Hot Air?

You know it’s a fantasy for someone, whose name I won’t mention.

SlaveDog on December 27, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Top Hot Air Post of 2012?

Barack Obama wins re-election!!!! Republicans fall. Heartache.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Real post will be around November 6th or 7th…from News Headlines:
BedBug can’t stop “sheeting” himself…has to seek medical help! Neither orifice will stop running… tries to use head to block one orifice, but then has to open mouth, to be able to see…

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 4:35 PM

weiner, weiner, weiner…

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Top Hot Air Post of 2012?

Barack Obama wins re-election!!!! Republicans fall. Heartache.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Real post will be around November 6th or 7th…from News Headlines:
BedBug can’t stop “sheeting” himself…has to seek medical help! Neither orifice will stop running… tries to use head to block one orifice, but then has to open mouth, to be able to see…

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Not a chance. Your guys cannot even decide on a candidate. Not even among ‘conservatives’.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM

weiner, weiner, weiner…

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

cmsinaz:Yup….everywhere..gack!:)

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM

The picture on hot air of Kloppenburgs face is burned into my memory.

newportmike on December 27, 2011 at 4:47 PM

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM

*shudded*

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 4:35 PM
Not a chance. Your guys cannot even decide on a candidate. Not even among ‘conservatives’.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM

BedBug:

Just think,what Bill Clinton did to YOUR PARTY,he almost ruined
it,and just think,….soon,Hopey will finish the job!

You guys have almost gone full circle,from Liberal Democrats,
to Progressive Socialist Pinko Commies…..heck,give it time,
and your team,will almost be as Cultists as North Korea!

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Hahaha Hehe
Koolai2 your good!

angrymike on December 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM
*shudded*

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM

cmsinaz:”Men”….Ugh!(sarc)haha:)

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 4:35 PM
Not a chance. Your guys cannot even decide on a candidate. Not even among ‘conservatives’.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM

BedBug:

Just think,what Bill Clinton did to YOUR PARTY,he almost ruined
it,and just think,….soon,Hopey will finish the job!

You guys have almost gone full circle,from Liberal Democrats,
to Progressive Socialist Pinko Commies…..heck,give it time,
and your team,will almost be as Cultists as North Korea!

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

We don’t profess to be ‘perfect’ and all about family values and then get caught sending obscene messages to pages or being diapered by a hooker down in Louisiana.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The truly big stories of 2011.

OK, Ed, that’s funny when referring to Weiner.
And speaking of Kloppenburg, saw a pic of Pelosi the other day that was taken from the side and a little blurry, it reminded me of Kloppie.

Peppa Pig on December 27, 2011 at 5:07 PM

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM

:)

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 5:15 PM

The Top 10 will all be Palin nonsense.

So, we will get to revisit those that knew it all about soon to be President Palin, and those of us that told you from Day One that Palin was scamming you.

Moesart on December 27, 2011 at 5:40 PM

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM
:)

cmsinaz on December 27, 2011 at 5:15 PM

cmsinaz:-:0

canopfor on December 27, 2011 at 5:43 PM

We don’t profess to be ‘perfect’ and all about family values and then get caught sending obscene messages to pages or being diapered by a hooker down in Louisiana.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Yeah Bug, I guess it’s safe to say y’all don’t have any values.

Oh. Except unlimited abortion. (Is that a liberal value or is it just their god? I get confused.)

BigAlSouth on December 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

#38 The Skin Gun

These are the days of
Miracle & Wonder
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM

The threads about Anthony and his Little Imperial were some of my favorites.

It was so frustrating not to be able to join in on the merriment.

And you’re right Ed, the Prosser/Kloppenburg drama kept me glued to Hot Air. And the edge of my seat. I still remember the first time I got to see Humpbot, *sniff*, it was so touching.

Flora Duh on December 27, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Sad Irony of 2/2/12

In the coming New Year, 2012, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

This is an ironic juxtaposition of events.

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.

The other involves a groundhog.

VorDaj on December 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Seriously, what a great post. I’m stealing this, too.

That day also happens to be my birthday. What a present [not!] It better not be on endless reruns, as in the movie.

Glad I’m going to be at work and not near a TV.

PatriotGal2257 on December 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

32. “Breaking: Olbermann announces the end of Countdown”

Some really funny individual posts in this thread. Laughed out loud repeatedly.

Roymunson on December 27, 2011 at 7:21 PM

“setting Weiner up.”

HAHA AH AAHAH HAAH AH AHAHA AH AH AHHA AHA AHA HAHAAAAA….oh wow. Totally needed that, lol.

MooCowBang on December 27, 2011 at 7:21 PM

We don’t profess to be ‘perfect’ and all about family values and then get caught sending obscene messages to pages or being diapered by a hooker down in Louisiana.

BedBug on December 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Exact same thing you said on one or two other different threads. What page is that on…in your book?
My gawd, when these people get done playing with you, a garbarage disposal, couldn’t chew you any better than they will!

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM

In the coming New Year, 2012, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

This is an ironic juxtaposition of events.

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.

The other involves a groundhog.

VorDaj on December 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Fabulously LOL. Totally snagging this too…

redmama on December 27, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Is Olbermann still living on this planet?

slp on December 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM