“Republicans run as the ‘anti-Arnold’”, trumpets a March 29 headline atop a piece about the two moneybags running for the highest office in California on the Republican side of the political divide. Remember, this is the party that brought the incompetent Governator to power by spending a former car-alarm salesman’s (and now congressman) money to vilify and recall former Gov. Gray Davis. In the process, Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor and steroid-using body builder took that office. There is a third candidate who at least has a government background but no chance against the two loaded former-executives from private industry, one of whom only found time to register to vote after some five decades of life. The juicy irony of what this once grand old party has wrought makes me SMIRK.
From the July 18 paper, we learn, in one of those almost invisible five sentence news bits, that the inaptly named “Museum of Tolerance” is having a run-in with the neighbors. It seems this institution, originally pledged to provide space for and education about the Armenian Genocide but instead inviting denier Stanford Shaw and being subjected to a hunger strike by the AYF for its transgressions, wants to expand into the realm of holding large events. The neighbors have filed suit because that would upend the original permits issued. May the neighbors prevail! SMIRK.
August 17th showed what a great place Turkey is. In news relating to Afghanistan’s election, it is revealed that an Afghan warlord was allowed back home by President Karzai as an electoral ploy. Guess where this great humanitarian (alleged to have been responsible for the deaths of up to 2000 Taliban PRISONERS) was hanging out prior to his return. This guy is so bad that even the U.S. protested his return. What kind of country hosts such vermin? The same kind that accepts the visit of the genocidal leader of Sudan. SMIRK.
Former California Assemblymember Mike Duvall resigned after being caught bragging about his sexual escapades with two women (he’s married and one of the “family values” types). Of course he later claimed he hadn’t really done those things, he was… well, I can’t repeat such silliness here. But he resigned after being stripped of his posts in the Assembly, and, oh-how-lofty, to prevent this matter from distracting from the business at hand. What a pompous creature. SMIRK.
In what is probably one of the poorest uses of real estate imaginable, the City of Los Angeles built a brand new jail in the heart of its downtown, its civic center. But on September 30, we learn that putting the new facility in use would be much more costly than operating the current jail. Consequently, this $74 million piece of foolishness will remain unused, at least for now! SMIRK.
Good riddance! Osman Ertugrul Osmanoglu, the 97-year-old, and last, grandson of the Bloody Sultan, Abdul Hamid, died September 23 according to an October 1 obituary. While he seems to have had no children from the bit of research I did, that cursed, mass-murdering bloodline does not seem to have been extinguished since Wikipedia names a “successor” as sultan, a title Osman held since 1994. Of course the Ottoman royal family had been exiled by the “Republic” of Kemal Ataturk. But unsurprisingly, that same republic gave this guy citizenship and a passport, eight decades later in 2004. Of course, we all know there’s no connection between Ottoman and Republican Turkey, right? SMIRK.
October 27th’s paper heralded the closure of the only three McDonald’s “restaurants” in Iceland. I was cheering. That cesspool of the food world deserves no more! But what makes this truly delicious is the reason. It seems Icelanders are spending less money these days. They don’t seem to have much. Why? They too were bitten in the rear, in a very big way, after allowing and profiting from the financial shenanigans that struck such a blow to the U.S. economy. SMIRK.
Misery, when afflicting those deserving it, can be good.