Tonight's debate will certainly be at least in part about foreign policy, however, Iowa or not. Which may be enough to stay awake for. We'll see.
“…former chief of the CIA’s counterterrorism center Cofer Black and former CIA director George Tenet described how they spent the months leading up to 9/11 trying to warn the White House that a spectacular attack was imminent and that the country needed to take urgent action, but to no avail."
""This sign will remain in its present location and not be altered in any way," said Col. Sean C. Killeen, commander of Marine Corps Base Hawaii…"
“There were a few weird moments at the debate last night, but none was stranger than the crowd reaction when John Kasich and Jeb Bush were talking about immigration.…Neither bothered to make concessions about how problematic the breakdown of the rule of law is when it comes to illegal immigration. "
…but before you get all worked up about it you ought to go out and spend, say, 30 minutes on the Interstate. Somebody once said the U.S. is the only country where the speed limit is a secret. We don’t know about that, but it sure ain’t what it says on those signs.
…when you open a bag of potato chips you just brought home from the grocery store and only then discover you already have a half-full bag lurking in the drawer with the bread…
…or when you’re standing on a stage in front of umpty-bazillion TV viewers (and Facebook users!) and say something really, totally dumb.
"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a mid-career American welder is $37,000 a year. The median starting salary of a philosophy graduate, meanwhile, is $39,000 a year, according to Payscale. The mid-career median salary of a philosophy graduate, meanwhile, tops $80,000 annually. That’s right: Contrary to Rubio’s assertion, philosophy majors make twice as much as welders. That philosophy majors are poor must come as a shock to philosophy grads Peter Thiel, Carl Icahn, and . . . Carly Fiorina."
"There are enough holes here that Clinton has an obligation to address the circumstances under which she approached the Marines, now that she had once again raised it in a campaign context."
“Four of the belts had belonged to Carmen Basilio, a native of the tiny New York hamlet who captured world titles at welterweight and middleweight…
Two others belonged to Tony Zale, the two-time middleweight champion…"
…for guys wearing these belts. They ought to be pretty easy to spot.
"Serious news about terrible events calls for a system of language (including visual language) which reflects the gravity or complexity of any given situation. One cannot for instance ‘love' the latest Nasa report on polar ice density, or profess amorous adulation for the news that the Metrojet aircraft which crashed in the Sinai might have been targeted by terrorists.
"The tiny red heart reveals that Twitter does not want us to talk about unpleasant things which cannot be loved, even on a casual, fleeting basis."
You can’t [heart] something unless you really, really [heart] it and not just [star] it, which is a while different thing.
And how can you [star] something if there are no stars?
It’s a text returning service. Works like this:
You’re going into the kitchen, say, to make a cup of coffee. So you text that to this service, “I’m going into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee."
The service texts the message right back to you.
By the time the return message arrives, you’re standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering why you came into the kitchen in the first place…and now you have the answer!
Think of the time that’ll save.
"Pranksters paid homage to the iconic Big Apple rodent — by building a robot version of it."
"#1 Best Seller…in Mass Transit"
If you’re not a big reader in the Mass Transit this best seller thing might not mean much, but it does look like a kind of cool book.
"A Long Island mall swapped Santa’s sleigh for something resembling a spaceship and nixed the Christmas tree because it didn’t want to “offend” anyone, irate shoppers told The Post."
"“Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus,” wrote former Arizona pastor Joshua Feuerstein in a viral Facebook post that had at least 8 million views Saturday night."
…all together longer than I lived in Nebraska, but with a song like this (I learned it in elementary school, back in the1940’s)…
There is no place like Nebraska,
Dear old Nebraska U.
Where the girls are the fairest,
The boys are the squarest,
Of any old school that I knew.
…which team would you root for?
Go Cornhuskers, and the refs are right even when they’re wrong.