Concerning news out of Cleveland for those invested in the future of American democracy: city police have begun to stockpile riot gear in advance of hosting the Republican National Convention in July. The news bodes ill not only for those interested in maintaining a civil discourse both within, and between, political parties, but also for those distressed by the increasing militarization of municipal police forces across the country.
Conservatives and other media types are tripping over themselves to point out the absurdity inherent in Chris Christie’s recent endorsement of Donald Trump. And they’re right to do so. Whether he made the move out of spite for Marco Rubio or simply because he is angling for a cabinet position in the seemingly-inevitable Trump administration, Christie clearly has some ulterior motive.
But there’s no need to point to Christie’s past comments on the Donald as evidence for his sincerity deficit. Indeed, to prove his decision to back Trump falls somewhere short of wholehearted, one needn’t look past the Wall Street Journal’s coverage:*
Netflix recently released premiere dates for the next wave of its proprietary programming. Orange is the New Black – June 17. House of Cards – March 4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – tax day. But where’s season 2 of Aziz Ansari’s masterful Master of None?
The Seahawks are down early against Green Bay, but I’m not too worried. Why not? Check out what’s on the White House schedule for the coming week:
Here’s a pretty terrible story out of China:
Bill O’Reilly has a dream. He doesn’t think the United States armed forces should be fighting ISIS, and would rather see a mercenary army do the dirty work for us.
A lot of people who prefer to forget that the United States (and the rest of the developed world) does employ soldiers for hire — contractors and peacekeepers, to name two types — don’t love the idea.
Predictably, Stephen Colbert couldn’t resist the pigpile, and goaded O’Reilly into a back and forth, which culminated last night when Colbert addressed O’Reilly directly: “Let’s not fight. Or if we do fight, Bill, let’s at least pay other people to do it for us.”
Clever. But probably a mistake.
The optimal strategy for Colbert is to take on Papa Bear alone. That’s right: for once, bear-wrestling would constitute only the #2 threat to Stephen Colbert.
It’s pretty silly there’s a Washington city and a Washington state — I’m even on the record admitting
my state is in the wrong whoever named my state is in the wrong should be shot — but so long as that situation festers, it remains fair game to make unfounded and pointless comparisons between the two dissimilar locales.
Today, our respective baseball teams — and the fans who ROOT for them.
The Seattle Mariners Twitter account seemed very excited yesterday to have discovered a fan so excited about the team that he was willing to do this:
Late last night, Facebook reported that the Oxford English Dictionary added a number of new words including “vape, listicle and binge-watch”:
Two quick problems with this.
This is the threatdown.
Tonight on the “Last night on The Colbert Report” Report:
Now, you might recognize that face from the 2007 viral video:
I don’t only write about late-night Comedy Central television programming. It only sometimes seems like I do. And in this case, it seems too much — this post is about Teddy Roosevelt, not Stephen Colbert.
When Colbert’s guest, Rob Rhinehart — the inventor of soylent, the food-like food substitute — pointed out that “the environmental burden of animal products is massive” and invoked President Theodore Roosevelt in support of a pro-conservation agenda, the Colbert Report host was ready to retort in kind: “Teddy Roosevelt also said, ‘I’m going to go kill and eat a moose.'” Touché, Mr. Colbert. As host, you get the last word — fortunately, the internet has empowered me with the ability to write words and scatter them to the ether(net), and I intend to take full advantage of that opportunity to take a slightly more nuanced look at Teddy’s relationship with animal consumption.
Roosevelt’s was, of course, a hunter who loved to pose with victims he’d have to pony up $350K+ to embullet today (partly thanks to his own pioneering efforts in land and animal conservation — but more about those momentarily):