Archive for April 9, 2010
I was raised to think of the Smithsonian Institution as one of our more valuable resources; a place where our beloved historic treasures were catalogued, revered and protected. Not anymore: Smithsonian Signs Deal With QVC to Sell Copies of Hope Diamond, Other Jewelry.
So — it’s been a long week and I’m topped-up with outrage-overload already — but, in a nutshell, we’re selling our heritage to freakin’ QVC?!
Vice President Joe Biden was in Philadelphia today. While there, he stopped at “Pat’s” cheesesteak. “Geno’s” cheesesteak is across the street. The two have been rivals for years.
Jake Trapper, the “senior White House correspondent for ABCNews” and his colleagues thought Biden’s choice was a big enough deal to tweet about it (this would be what “journalists” concern themselves with these days folks):
Reminder: Disney owns ABCNews. That pretty much says it all.
Oh God. An elephant has killed a circus trainer in Wilkes-Barre, PA:
One person is dead after an accident late Friday afternoon at the Irem Shrine Circus in Wilkes-Barre.
A circus trainer died after being kicked by an elephant. It happened about 5 p.m. at the 109th Armory in Wilkes-Barre where the circus is performing.
Wilkes-Barre police said the elephant was somehow startled, then kicked the trainer. The trainer was thrown about 20 feet.
Don’t get me started on putting elephants in circuses, keeping them in chains and pens, and making them perform cutesy tricks. I pray not only for the trainer but for the poor elephant who undoubtedly has had a miserable elephant-life.
Psycho Fred Phelps and his band of creepy followers descended on West Virginia Thursday to rally against the 25 miners — sinners in their book — who died in the Massey Energy-run coal mine explosion on Monday.
People in Charleston would have none of it and they drove Phelps and his crazy gang out of town:
Ah, finally, an indication that there’s still some sanity left in this country.
(There was a time, not long ago (when I a kid and even a teenager), when the likes of Glenn Beck were seen as pariahs like Phelps. Heaven help us if someone like Phelps is ever welcomed into the mainstream and given a nationally syndicated radio and television show.)
The Optical Illusion “House.”
“House 1,” from the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in Washington DC., created by U.S. artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Don’t ya hate when you’re walking along and this happens?
In a speech last night, Newt Gingrich promised that if Republicans take the House in the fall, they will stop “Obamaism” by shutting down the Federal government (sound familiar?). Thing is — pay attention Tea Partiers — that’s a ruse; they could shut it down today if they wanted to:
Moreover, if Gingrich were serious, the GOP would be shutting down the Federal government now. Whether or not we like it, the fact remains that Republicans in the Senate could filibuster appropriations bills today. They don’t need to win the fall elections to stop appropriations bills. Yet they are not following Gingrich’s strategy because they know — as Gingrich proved in 1995 — that it is political suicide.
So go ahead and vote for Republicans come November but bear in mind, they’re lying.