Tuesday's HOT MIC
Here is some food for thought:
January 3, 2017: According to FNC, "outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency -- America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus -- to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request."
January 5, 2017: Meeting with Obama, Biden, Rice, Yates, Comey according to Rice's email to herself.
January 10, 2017: Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, Evan Perez and Carl Bernstein broke the story in the WaPo that allowed the dossier to go public.
The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs -- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
So "last week" would be January 2-6, 2017. When was Trump informed of the dossier? Before or after the meeting referenced in the Rice email?
Your (almost) Daily Bee:
That's a miracle I could sink my teeth into.
In praise of comedy done very, very well:
The Los Angeles Magazine interview with O'Hara calls her "one of our finest imports," and I couldn't agree more.
Around the holidays at the end of last year, I binge-watched the first two seasons of O'Hara's current show "Schitt's Creek" at the suggestion of my best friend. When I heard that O'Hara was working with Eugene Levy again I was annoyed with myself for not having found out sooner.
The show is one of the few comedies in the last decade and a half to get a laugh out of me. And it gets a lot of laughs out of me. The entire cast is superb. There isn't a wasted performance. Levy's son Daniel writes comedy as well as he acts it.
When I called my buddy to give him my assessment after watching a few episodes, I couldn't stop marveling about O'Hara's performance. I'd forgotten how ridiculously good she is. Her character in this show is written as over-the-top and she is one of the few actresses who can play something like that even bigger than it's written and still make it more about the timing than just the outlandish nature of the role.
As a stand-up, I'm not always much of a fan of sketch comedy or the people who do it. More often than not, it's self-indulgent and tedious. When it's good, however, it's very good. As a young comedian, I loved Canada's "SCTV," which featured not only O'Hara and Levy, but John Candy, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis and many others. It was insane and hilarious.
I don't want to undersell Eugene Levy's performance in "Schitt's Creek" here. His chops have aged like fine wine as well. However, even if every other role in the show put me to sleep, O'Hara would keep me watching.
We can't allow the second anniversary of Justice Scalia's death to pass without notice. Twitter is (predictably) lit up with vicious liberals virtue signaling about a man who's been gone for two years, screeching about how Republicans "stole" his seat and other such vituperative nonsense. I won't bother posting any of those — they're not worth the space nor aggravation. Instead, here are some fitting tributes:
Be sure to watch at least the first minute of this video to see Scalia own Dianne Feinstein. How has this woman been in the House since 1992 and elected office since 1978?