Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Idiotic Susan Rice" and "Sunset Jackson" both went up yesterday. I'm highlighting one today and another tomorrow.
That is a wonderful comic. It really captures Susan Rice and how unqualified she is to be Secretary of State. Apparently, the White House is going to win by playing the Susan's-an-idiot card. Already, it appears Senator John McCain is losing his guts to stand up to a Rice nomination. Will they all? Possibly so. It is a real shame that we lack people of conviction. Rice misled the American people through lies or incompetence.
Disgraceful -- which was the theme of Ava and C.I.'s latest.
"TV: The 10 Most Disgraceful People" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Allowing us to dream -- specifically of Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Disgraceful People. There was Walters on the ABC in our minds, explaining that this year's selection included politicians, entertainers, officials "and even the rarest of all rarities, a book writer."
In fact, the book writer kicked it off. Walters asked Joe Posnanski to explain his embarrassing book Paterno, specifically how, writing about disgraced college coach Joe Paterno, Posnanski could claim that Paterno never heard of the 1998 criminal investigation of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky assaulting a young boy -- this despite the fact that the Penn State investigation had already produced the report that documented Paterno knew in 1998 about Sandusky's criminal interest in young boys. As Posnanski stammered and stuttered, Walters beamed for the cameras and said, "Disgraceful."
And now she was saying "from sports writers to sports, he was a world class hero, cozy with a former president named Bush and a faded singer named Crow, no one rode as high until, one day, a rock in the road sent his bicycle flying. The rock, it would turn out, was performance-enhancing drugs."
And there was Lance Armstrong, sweaty faced and slack-jawed.
As he stared off into space, Walters noted, "You've been stripped of titles and banned from the sport of competitive cycling for life. How does it feel to be a disgrace?"
With nothing to say for himself, Barbara Walters had little to do but go to a commercial break.
"It was not a good year for politicians," Walters intoned as the broadcast resumed.
Turning her chair, she faced a nervous official. Walters declared, "Susan Rice, September 16th, you appeared on CBS' Face The Nation, NBC's Meet The Press, ABC's This Week, CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday -- to discuss the September 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Begnhazi in which Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Chris Stevens were murdered. What you said wasn't correct, was it?"
"Well, Barbara," Susan said forcing a thin smile, "as I declared earlier, I only repeated what I was told and I was told wrong."
"Right, right. So you weren't smart enough to do the work required yet you went on national television, on five different national channels, and reveled in your own stupidity, paraded your ignorance before America, showed them what their tax dollars were wasted on."
"I'm done with you," Walters said swiveling her chair to face the camera. "The Indian philosopher Chanakya once wrote, 'It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment's grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one's life.' Susan Rice learned that in 2012 and she wasn't the only one. Take our next guest, Roseanne Barr."
"Hey, Barbara," smiled Roseanne, apparently just happy to be back on network television.
"Roseanne, in the 80s and 90s, you were a successful TV star. Today, you've had not one but two reality shows get the axe almost immediately, NBC passed on your latest sitcom and you campaigned to be the Green Party's presidential candidate but lost. Upon losing, you demonstrated a lack of grace as you used the week of the Green Party's national convention to repeatedly attack Jill Stein who had won. You made a lot about not agreeing with her but you wouldn't be specific. Having rained on that parade, you then declared you'd run as an independent but instead ran as the Peace and Freedom Party candidate. Your campaign was such a joke that your running mate Cindy Sheehanshe was quitting the ticket and would have had it not been for the fact that it was too late to remove her name from the ballot. Your campaign was plagued with charges that you failed to pay campaign staff and rumors that you'd become a shut-in." announced
"I got 42,970 votes in California alone," Roseanne said popping a bubble gum bubble.
"Yes, and on the same ticket in California in 2008, the nominee got 108,381 votes. So you really didn't help build the party, did you? My next guest won re-election weeks ago, won 63% of the vote. It was his 10th Congressional election, all of which he won. This one was different because he hadn't been seen since June. It was also different because he just announced that he was resigning his seat. Jesse Jackson Jr., how are you?"
So many disgraces in one brief year. For the complete ten, read the article in full.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):