The No Name movement may be a good idea – it’s the people behind it that are the problem.
The NYT visits Pyongyang, North Korea, confirming that it’s still a mad police state, isolated from the world, but the Times also thinks the country built to prop up an army may finally be ready for peace talks. I have my doubts; peace would be the end of the Kims, who are likely to meet a Caucescu fate once information from the outside world finally rolls in. Two documentaries, Lisa Ling’s National Geographic doc and Kimjongilia, show the Kim cult’s kingdom in gruesome detail. I recommend both, and they’re available for streaming on Netflix.
How did you spend your holidays? If you’re the Obama administration, you spent them seizing Texas’ successful air quality program, sneaking death panels back into health care, and insulting Americans’ intelligence.
HARRY REID, HIPSTER: In between pushing amnesty, DADT and a treaty with the Russians, the Senate’s majority leader is all about the pop culture references.
Julian Assange decries disclosure of information not meant for the public eye. Yes, you read that right.
[L]awyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have loudly condemned the leaking of secret government documents pertaining to the rape charges against Assange. Swedish police files about the case against Assange were leaked to the Guardian, the same newspaper to which Assange recently leaked thousands of classified U.S. State Department cables. The lawyers for Assange, who describes himself as an activist for “radical transparency,” complain that the leaked police files unfairly damage Assange and make his legal defense more difficult.
Goose meet gander, pot meet kettle, leaker meet turnabout, otherwise known as fair play.
StratFor today says 191 Mexican prisoners escaped from prison in Nuevo Laredo, just on the other side of the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas. And Mexico is flying — and crashing — drone aircraft along the Texas-Mexico border. Was the drone part of the search for the prisoners? This is the first I’ve heard of Mexico flying drones on the border or anywhere else. The US government and the border states have been flying our own drones down there for a while now.
Mexico naturally demanded their airplane back, and got it. Left behind: those 191 prisoners, plus millions of Mexican citizens living in the US illegally.
THREATS FROM PYONGYANG: You could grab nearly any North Korea-related headline from anytime in the past 50 years and recycle it to get today’s update. And the players and their roles haven’t changed much either: US allied with the free South and industrious Japan against the insane North and its duplicitous masters in China. Hopefully this long running re-run eventually ends with a whimper, rather than a bang.
WIKILEAKS FALLOUT: The UN is now reportedly seeking to “regulate” the internet, using WikiLeaks as an excuse. Put me down as emphatically opposed. This may be the worst idea of the year, and this year has been chock full of bad ideas.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, before the media makeover. And yes, he was a reverend when he said that.
He says this like it would be a bad thing…
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I don’t know how these Taiwanese animators are so plugged into the narratives here in the States, but they are. This take on Obama’s press conference abdication, which I’m calling Fail to the Chief: The Movie, is so full of win it made me a little giddy the first time I watched it. The Clinton bat signal is just…inspired.
Given that this clip has never made it to SNL’s official Hulu page, I’d suggest downloading it sooner rather than later. But ladies and gentlemen, while it’s still on YouTube, I give you the finest sketch of the 1980s-era Saturday Night Live.
Welcome to…Dukakis After Dark!
Hopefully this sketch will seem remarkably current in just a couple of years…