I'm about to embark on a West Coast jaunt, so naturally, Congress is about to make travel slightly more difficult and confusing by hanging the Department of Homeland Security's fate in the balance twoards the end of the month. Now, granted, the TSA will still get more than the required funding necessary to paw through my unmentionables in front of a handful of weary travelers at an ungodly morning hour, but I'm sure that, by the end of next week, literally everyone will be losing their respective minds over the prospect of DHS losting its funding, rendering the general public even less capable of handling basic instructions like put your shoes directly on the conveyor belt.
The Spectacle Blog
Last night, Saturday Night Live celebrated 40 years on the air, presumably because, given the ten more years required to reach a real milestone, everyone's pickled livers would have given out, rendering the show forced to celebrate it's awkward 1980s downturn instead of it's 1970s heyday. In attendance were some of the show's brightest stars, celebrities who've made multiple hosting appearances, iconic musical acts and Sarah Palin.
It's understandable, of course, that the show would welcome it's most famous target, especially since Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression is almost inseperable from most people's idea of who Sarah Palin actually is. Sarah, for her part, wore her daughter's dress and poked fun at herself in a way very few politicians are able to do. But while her appearance generally suprised and delighted audiences, at least one sitting Congressional representative was incensed that she snagged an invite while his got lost in the mail.
“Harry, I do not only marvel where thou spendest thy time, but also how thou art accompanied,” is how Falstaff braces Prince Hal in one of the amusing tavern scenes in Henry IV, Part I. If Falstaff had taken better care of himself, and were still around today, it would be on point to make the same observation of our current commander-in-chief. (Leave aside that Hal’s dodgiest company was Falstaff himself.)
I learned this week that there is something called “BuzzFeed,” which apparently appeals to young males who wear their baseball caps backwards and have room temperature IQs. The tone is Three Stooges without the nuances. President Obama went on this sophomoric site, panning and mugging and leaving no doubt that a career in standup is out of the question after he leaves 1600. The justification for this brain-dead performance was Obama was trying to get young Americans to go along with the ObamaCare gag. Anyone dumb enough to tumble to this come-on would need to be watered twice a week.
ISIS has released yet another snuff film.
This time, the video is set in Libya where 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who had been kidnapped are beheaded.
And how exactly are we supposed to stop these beheadings when President Obama doesn't want boots on the ground?
The Obama Administration has announced that Israel will no longer be briefed about its ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.
Wendy Sherman, who is leading the negotiations with Iran, says that Israel is being cut off because the information is being manipulated for political ends namely those of Benjamin Netanyahu.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice also announced she was cutting off relations with her Israeli counterparts.
As usual, the Obama Administration is behaving in a childish and petty manner.
The Obama Administration is interested in securing an agreement, any agreement with Iran and is willing to do so at the expense of the friendship of its most stalwart ally in the Middle East.
But this is what we have come to expect. President Obama treats Israel worse than ISIS.
Pitchers and catchers report to Major League training camps in Florida and Arizona this week, an event fans of the Grand Old Game have looked forward to from the day after Madison Bumgarner & Associates put an end to the Kansas City Royals’ hopes in late October. But my friend Pete, who lives in Southern New Hampshire and is a serious Red Sox fan, is having trouble squaring this blessed event with what he is seeing outside of his living room window.
Apparently Opening Day in Fenway can get underway just as soon as the snow-plows clear the field. And what’s this about salting the baselines? I don’t believe this has ever happened before. Nor has the Sawks’ equipment manager ever before had to issue parkas and snow shoes.
Keep shoveling, Pete. Spring will come, even to Fenway. (Easy enough for me to say from Tampa, where the current temperature is 71 degrees, and snow-jobs come mostly from politicians.)
In Paris, Islamic terrorists shot cartoonists and then went after a Jewish establishment.
Now in Copenhagen, an Islamic terrorist tried to shoot a cartoonist (instead killing one person and injuring three police officers) and now there has been a shooting at a synagogue resulting in one death and two injuries.
As with the shooting at the free speech conference, the shooter also fled the synagogue and remains at large. It's not known if the two attacks are the work of the same assailant or if this is a co-ordinated attack among multiple participants.
I wonder if President Obama will call the synagogue shooting random.
UPDATE: Police in Copenhagen have shot and killed the man believed to be responsible for both shootings. The man has not been identified.
There has been a terrorist attack at a cafe in Copenhagen which was hosting a free speech conference.
A gunman entered the cafe, shot and killed one man while injuring three police officers. The apparent target was Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who has been threatened by jihadists for years after for drawing cartoons of Muhammad. However, Vilks was not harmed.
As of this writing, the assailant is still at large. Witnesses say he spoke Danish.
The only thing that is certain at this point is when President Obama comments on the shooting he will either not mention Islam or say that it has nothing to do with Islam.
President Obama issued a statement announcing that a FBI probe had been launched to investigate the Chapel Hill shootings which claimed the lives of three Muslims.
"No one in the United States of America should be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship," said Obama.
This stands in sharp contrast to Obama's assessment in his interview with Vox that last month's attack in a Jewish grocery store in Paris which claimed the lives of four Jews was random. This despite the fact that the man responsible for the killing called a radio station and stated, "I targeted them because they were Jewish."
Shortly before the Chapel Hill shootings, I wrote:
Traditionally, the Supreme Court justices have a communal dinner before the State of the Union, probably because, in any given year, with any given President, at least one of them has to be wasted in order to endure the whole State of the Union speech. There are dangers, of course - an unintentional, alcohol-inspired utterance could mean having to recuse yourself from a controversial case - but all of those drawbacks are, no doubt, erased by the promise of a nice California white.
This year, the dinner's victim was unexpected, at least in light of the speech's content. Turns out, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg - the Notorious RBG - wasn't napping during Obama's SOTU speech this year, when the camera caught her head bobbing down to her bejeweled collar. She was just drunk as a skunk.
In a lighthearted moment before an audience at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Thursday night, the 81-year-old Ginsburg cracked up telling the story that she “wasn’t 100 percent sober” before going to the State of the Union.