The week that was
Because if you don’t know your history, you’re doomed to repeat it:
The Trayvon Martin hysteria that made last week exciting cooled a bit over the muggy weekend. Then one of the jurors who found George Zimmerman innocent, and who also happened to be the only minority juror, (she’s Puerto Rican, probably of a descent more closely related to Zimmerman than Martin) said she actually thinks Zimmerman is guilty. Then Zimmerman saved a family of four from an overturned SUV, and people decided Carlos Danger was of more interest.
Once a perv always a perv. Anthony Weiner made headlines again for another sexting scandal. This time he admitted to sharing raunchy photos with three women, one of whom was a 22-year old with whom Weiner used the alias “Carlos Danger.” Who could resist such a name, really? Weiner is said to have a shoe fetish, so maybe the young temptress’ name, Sydney Leathers, was a bit too much for him. Weiner has refused to abandon his mayoral campaign, and wife Huma Abedin is continuing to stand by her man. Eliot Spitzer is basking in the glow of “looks good by comparison.”
General Carter Ham, who was head of American forces in Africa at the time of the Benghazi attack, says it “became apparent to all of us quickly that this was not a demonstration, this was a violent attack.” Who knows if Ham’s testimony will go anywhere, though, because the left has long since lost any qualms over lying about lying.
Detroit went bankrupt, and nobody saw it coming. Everybody was so blindsided by Motor City’s sad demise that Judge Rosemary Aquilina reacted by ordering the Detroit bankruptcy filing withdrawn. She said one of her reasons for doing so was that that the filing did not “honor” Barack Obama. Unfortunately, ordering does not make it so, and a federal bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Detroit’s case to go forward without legal challenges.
John Kerry seems to have gained peace in the Middle East by lulling the Israelis and Palestinians to sleep with his somniferous voice. Not really, but he did visit with Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, and promised the world that Israel and Palestine are on cordial terms, or very soon will be, just as soon as their negotiators come to Washington for a chat. People are fairly skeptical of the Secretary of State’s refereeing skills, and the fact that Kerry made the big diplomatic declaration standing all alone didn’t help matters.
While John Kerry did his best to quell tensions abroad, Barack Obama was making the rounds to calm domestic waters on his economy tour. He began in Illinois, where he said Washington has “taken its eye off the ball” because of “phony scandals.” (Did he mean Weiner’s funny scandals?) It’s the Republicans’ fault we’re in debt, Obama said, because they’re pushing a budget that preserves deep cuts. He offered some helpful solutions for fixing the economy such as raising the minimum wage, forcing banks to lend money more easily, subsidizing clean energy, and implementing universal preschool. That was easy.
Speaking of deep cuts, conservatives are still fighting to repeal Obamacare. The majority of Americans (53 percent) are in favor of this measure, and Senator Ted Cruz said he thinks “we’ll have the best chance we’ve ever had to stop ObamaCare” in the next 67 days, by voting to defund it. Perhaps Obama can find the extra cash he needs for his project in the universal preschool sector or by raising the minimum wage. Stand by.
Chris Christie said he thinks Rand Paul and others with libertarian leanings are “dangerous” because they are leery of surveillance cameras. It hasn’t helped him make his case that he isn’t a closet Democrat.
Texas Holder. The Attorney General announced that the Justice Department has found a Supreme Court ruling unjust, and intends to “ask a federal court to subject Texas to a pre-clearance requirement… for all of its proposed changes to voting ordinances for the next 10 years.” Rick Perry fired back that Holder is trying to do an “end-run around the Supreme Court,” and is showing his “utter contempt for our country’s system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution.” According to the Heritage Foundation, one report described the reaction of Texas officials as, “If it’s war you want, it’s war you’ve got.” Rumor has it that in the event of war, Holder will supply the nation-state of Texas with free guns.
Andy Vidak won a state senate seat in California, and since three articles concerning him appeared on this hallowed site in the past week, he earns a spot with the need-to-know national news. Vidak’s victory came in a district that is heavily Hispanic, and where Democrats outnumber Republicans by mucho. Vidak campaigned on job creation and the wastefulness of big government projects, things the Californians had never heard of before.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made a controversial comment in an interview which might end up being true if anyone ever figures out what it means. King had said that for every one valedictorian, “there’s another hundred out there who they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” Fearing that the phrases “calves the size of cantaloupes” and “75 pounds of marijuana across the desert” would instantly be connected to his name, House Speaker John Boehner immediately distanced himself and denounced King’s comments as “reprehensible.” King is a tough cookie, though, (probably because he picked up cantaloupe-calved immigrants ‘personally with my hands’) and isn’t backing down, though his quote gets weirder-sounding the more it’s repeated.
And on the bright side, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a healthy baby son. Prince George Alexander Louis is now third in line for the throne, and the British peoples are all relieved Prince Harry has been pushed on farther down the line. They named the new royal after 89-year old George HW Bush (maybe), who warmed hearts this week by shaving his head in solidarity with a two-year-old with leukemia whose father is part of Bush 41’s Secret Service detail. The picture is absolutely precious!