Barack Obama: Missing-In-Action

Barack Obama

In July 2014, President Barack Obama traveled to Austin, Texas, for a fundraiser and to tout his economic proposals. Noticeably absent from his schedule was a visit to the border with Mexico, where a surge of child immigrants from Central America was straining state and federal resources. Republican lawmakers and some Democrats accused Obama of failing to exhibit public concern about the crisis.

The Iron Hurdler

As the world said farewell to Baroness Margaret Thatcher yesterday, it was also introduced to her American granddaughter, Amanda Thatcher, who delivered a reading from the New Testament.

Amanda had the honor of being one of only two readers at the memorial. The other: current Prime Minister David Cameron.

Amanda has more fans. Writers are singing her praises, lauding her composure at such a high-profile event and complimenting her classically cute looks. She’s attractive but not intimidating. Seems like she’d go on a date with you if you asked. Or at least she’d go with me. I don’t know about you.

The Soulless Conformity of the ‘Counterculture’

The best SNL skit this weekend had to be “History of Punk,” in which we see the transgression that got the fictional Ian Rubbish (Fred Armisen) banished from the punk movement. He transgressed against his community’s ideals and for his sins he was excommunicated. He dared express respect for Margaret Thatcher.

If you can’t watch the clip, the joke is a simple one: