Week in review of some of the best “news” stories the news could come up with. Some weeks require a summary of the news nuances, in no specific order.
There was llama-gate, a pair of llamas evading capture in Arizona as a panicked public looked on in fear for….llamas and everything else. No word on the amount of chopper fuel expended to track their antics. They have been safely captured, cowboys win 2-0.
Friday, the Team Xtreme race team announced its Sprint Cup car was stolen from an Atlanta hotel lot, in an unmarked trailer. It has since been recovered but caused Travis Kvapil to withdraw from Sunday’s race. He was very good about the incident and thought it was a joke at first.
The world seemed to go Lady-Gaga crazy for a dress that no one could agree on the color of. Call it coincidental marketing genius for the designer; it had everyone weighing in with their opinion on the color. No word from Bill Clinton on what constitutes a blue dress. But someone from the WH press did ask Josh Earnest if Obama had an opinion on it?
Think of what else is going on while we are covering llamas live and trying to determine the true color of a dress?
Congress invents its own version of the movie “Groundhog Day” by at the last minute passing a one week extension on Homeland Security funding. Guaranteed to keep you glued to your seats for next Friday’s sequel.
Then Sec of Denial, John Kerry weighed in on the state of world-wide threats:
Our citizens, our world today is actually, despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally, less deaths, less violent deaths today than through the last century.
Crazy Clapper testifies:
“When the final counting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years such a data has been compiled. About half of all attacks as well fatalities in 2014 occurred in just three countries: Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Something like a switch of rolls for Clapper.
America: he loves me — he loves me not!
But the human interest story of the week was probably a 12 year-old boy in Georgia who defended Rudy Giuliani’s comments on whether Obama loves America.
Not to be outdone in inflammatory rhetoric, Louis Farrakhan rose to the challenge with this comment.
“Giuliani says Obama does not love America. And instead of apologizing, they say he doubled down, he tripled down, he said, ‘I’m not taking this back. He didn’t grow up like we grew up.’”
“How did you grow up, Giuliani? A privileged cracker? [applause] Or I should say, a privileged devil?!”
Which prompted conservatives to demand that each Democrat, one by one, be asked if they agree or not with Farrakhan’s remarks? Inquiring minds need to know.
David Axelrod also gave an interview (last week) in which he said:
“I’m proud of the fact that basically you’ve had an administration that has been in place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal.”
Apparently the litmus test for whether something is a major scandal is now whether it has a dramatic effect on Obama’s “image” or approval polls. Not a major scandal? That is some of what passed for news. It’s a wrap.