"WASHINGTON — American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday."
Friday—and especially a Friday when everybody's obsessed with the Super Bowl—is a perfect time to announce YA war
"Most View the CDC Favorably; VA’s Image Slips More Partisan Opinions of the EPA, CIA"
“…the team is looking for a full numerical takeover by coining '12'—a mathematical object used the world over in practices of counting and computing—as its own thing."
We’ll go with “dozen."
(And by the way, we’re thinking the word should be “numeral.”)
(And can we call this 12gate?)
"The Obama administration is livid over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned visit to Congress in March — and now, ‘there will be a price’ to pay, according to reports.…
"‘He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave,’ a senior American official said."
"'Bombs are so-named because of the rapidity with which they develop, which evokes explosiveness, and the power that they usually attain once they have gone through the intensification phase specified...' he wrote for their website."
It’s snowing here but it doesn’t look bombo to me.
This is called, by the public health experts these days, “social distancing,” although back in Nebraska, in the 1940’s, it was called quarantine—and it happened a lot. Somebody in the family came down with measles, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, or a host of other maladies, and a guy from the health department would arrive and tack a QUARANTINE sign on the front door. Until the sign came down (with a doctor’s certificate), only one family member—usually the “breadwinner” (the person with the job)—and, of course, a doctor, was allowed to enter or leave the house.
The efficiency of large families back then was that, with contagious illnesses, usually all the kids would get sick at once. So with maybe six or eight quarantines, you could get your whole brood grown up and out.
So HBO will show Allison Williams getting her butt eaten, but cable shows still think this is off limits? http://t.co/geBlDc0UPi
— Salon.com (@Salon) January 23, 2015
They’ve become so good at manufacturing those horrible fake plastic things they now actually look like tomatoes. Or, enough like tomatoes to fool me on a bad day, which today apparently is. The bad news is they still don’t taste like tomatoes at all.
The good news is the great ice sheet has retreated, at least somewhat, uncovering a lot (but not all) of the sidewalk and allowing me to haul home enough groceries, hopefully, to survive the great nor’easter now bearing down. The bad (but not very) news is this nor’easter might dump four inches of snow on us (National Weather Service); the good news is (Weather Underground), maybe only three. Or five (wait, that’s bad). The good news is, I don’t have to go out again until it’s over.
The bad news is, staying indoors all day makes me grumpy.
"Kyiv is a paper tiger, the Europeans are cowered in the corner, terrified of the Kremlin’s next move, while Obama is talking tough about how Russia is losing this conflict, despite the fact that obviously it is not. As usual, Obama is all vapid and chest-puffing talk, coupled with very little action."
"Recent studies have found that unvaccinated people tend to cluster together in the same community, which allows contagious diseases to spread. "
"The amendment passed 98-1, and the Senate was on record agreeing to the obvious fact that climate change sometimes occurs."
…(Ebola seems so long ago, doesn’t it?) has any controversy been so all-consuming as the matter of the New England Patriot’s flat balls. And (wait for it now…here it comes) the integrity of the game. I just keep having an overpowering urge to stand up and sing, “Oh say can you see…."
I confess I’m no Pat’s fan. Even though I’ve lived more years in eastern seaboard states now, I'm still a midwesterner at heart. It’s the Bears for me (and the Cubs—which should tell you all you need to know about my sporting acumen, right there). But post-season entertainment is where you find it, and this week it’s Belichick & Brady bringing the good ol’ stuff.
"The National Rifle Association, which is actually perceived as relatively moderate compared to Gun Owners of America…"
"The research into the metal was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research…"
“…going to a Hollywood movie for a history lesson is like going to a brothel for a lecture in philosophy. You're in the wrong place."
"Ever wish you could wear a comfy sweatsuit to a board meeting?"
"Top executives at Sony Music are bracing for more embarrassing e-mails to leak as part of the Sony hack after their boss — Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton — called to offer a ‘blanket apology’ in advance of any details that come out, sources exclusively tell Page Six."
“The most notable Republican reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night did not come from official respondent Joni Ernst, the rookie senator from Red Oak, Iowa, with the camouflage high heels."
"Rebekah Erler has been presented by the White House as a woman who was discovered by the president after she wrote to him last March about her economic hardships. She was showcased in the speech as proof that middle class Americans are coming forward to say that Obama’s policies are working.
"Unmentioned in the White House bio of Erler is that she is a former Democratic campaign operative, working as a field organizer for Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.)."
"We should all be loving each other."
"California health officials say more than 4 dozen cases of measles have been diagnosed in the state — a result of an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Most who got sick were not vaccinated."
Paris mayor to @camanpour: "The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced."Paris wants to sue Fox News because, hey, they're not Charlie.
— Ram Ramgopal (@RamCNN) January 20, 2015
I say, let 'em. Viva la whatever.
France is our oldest ally, going back to before we were we. If it weren't for France, we might still be speaking English. Or we might have wound up like Canada, those poor guys. Or Australia—grown men talking about their barbies.
We owe plenty to France. Why don't we just give 'em Fox News as bonus?
"The 'I Heart Bacon Scratch Ticket' costs $1 and offers a grand prize of $1,000, reports WMUR."
"You know what the Patriots of Belichick and Brady really are, now more than ever? They are the biggest team we have in sports and the baddest. Now it is being reported that they took air out of some footballs last Sunday, and that they somehow needed that edge as they were kicking the Indianapolis Colts all the way to Rhode Island. You see once more why people either love the Patriots or love to hate them."
"Several lawmakers plan to raise yellow pencils during tonight's State of the Union address when PresidentObama mentions the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks.…As of Tuesday afternoon, no Republicans had indicated to Moore's office that they would be joining the initiative. "
Why don’t they call the roll, see if anybody had even heard of that magazine before it became a fetish to be “Charlie.” That, I’d like to know.
Is that even legal?
"Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in an interview Tuesday that she plans to sue the American network Fox News after it broadcast inaccurate reports on Muslim ‘no-go zones’ in the French capital, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks."
Really? But he wasn’t? So who was he then?
Or wait. Is this some kind of joke?
"In a move that vaguely suggests the Murdoch empire may be taking one small move toward entering the 21st century, the British tabloid The Sun is reportedly dropping its famed topless Page 3 feature. The Times – which is under the same publisher – announced Tuesday that after 45 years, Friday’s print edition was the last to feature a shirt-free Page 3 girl."
"Hundreds of thousands of Muslims packed a central square in Russia to rally against Charlie Hebdo cartoons, which a Chechen leader called ‘immoral.’ And hundreds of Afghans demonstrated by burning a French flag."
This is getting confusing.
I’m not sure De Blasio is the guy to clear it up.
From the first two stories I read this morning:
"In the wake of the 'Taken 3' star's comments labeling lax U.S. gun laws 'a disgrace,' the firearm manufacturer that armed the film with is calling for an industry-wide boycott of gun suppliers for Neeson's future movies."
"‘B’ut you also can’t discount the conservative audiences.’"
"While the 78-year-old reaffirmed the Catholic Church's historical rejection of birth control, 'this does not mean a Christian must make children one after another,' he said."
"Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allah Dadi was among the six Iranian army officers killed in Sunday’s Israeli helicopter attack on a group of Hizballah and Iranian officers checking out a Syrian Golan site for a new Hizballah offensive …"
"These are so good, I would go so far as to say I prefer them over regular fries, because they are enticingly crisp, taste somehow more potato-y, and have no greasiness.
"‘The officer explained to me that he observed me eating a burger for two miles,’ Turner told WSB-TV. ‘He said specifically three times, 'you can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.'’"
"The players go by nicknames like Koko, Beans and Flash. They try to color-coordinate their socks. And they have gone about the hard business of winning basketball games — as the only team of girls in the league — with the cool, calculated approach of tax auditors."
"‘Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel ([who] tried several times to have a photo with me),’ this year’s Miss Lebanon Saly Greige, who is set to compete in the Miss Universe contest in Miami on Jan. 25, wrote on her Facebook. "
"Protect religious liberty in the marriage debate. Obama himself said that there are people of goodwill on both sides of the marriage debate, people he respects. The government should respect them too. So Obama should support the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, which prohibits the government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and woman or that sexual relations are reserved for marriage. The government should be prohibited from discriminating against such groups or individuals in tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation or contracting."
But we are not worried because, as a commentor points out, “[Obama] is a despotic islamist dictator who is going to do whatever he wants while he is still in office."
Or wait, maybe we are worried.