It’s quite remarkable to find a photograph of yourself featured prominently in your hometown paper.
It isn’t a recent one, thank God. This photo is from the microfilm archives. It dates to 1984, the second year of a youth running event called the Awesome 3000.
The more I look at it, the more I am convinced that it’s me. And is that my sister, Jennifer, standing by my side?
This ain’t a partisan hack in a hack newspaper.
|Not to put too fine a point on it, but Susan Rice is a deeply unpopular figure with our Intelligence Community. Her abrasive personality and overall incompetence grated on the IC. Her habitually coarse language was inflicted on senior intelligence officials more than once, while nobody outside Obama’s inner circle considered Rice even marginally competent at her job. Simply put, she was the worst National Security Adviser in American history—at least until Mike Flynn’s dismally failed three-week tenure.
In addition, Rice didn’t like to play by the rules, including the top-secret ones. On multiple occasions, she asked the NSA to do things they regarded as unethical and perhaps illegal. When she was turned down—the NSA fears breaking laws for any White House, since they know they will be left holding the bag in the end—Rice kept pushing.
As a longtime NSA official who experienced Rice’s wrath more than once told me, “We tried to tell her to pound sand on some things, but it wasn’t allowed—we were always overruled.” On multiple occasions, Rice got top Agency leadership to approve things which NSA personnel on the front end of the spy business refused. This means there may be something Congress and the FBI need to investigate here.
Susan Rice and Team Trump are both despised by our intelligence agencies, albeit for different reasons. The prospect of a death-match between them is causing unusual emotions in the IC. “For us, this is like the Iran-Iraq war,” explained another longtime NSA official: “We’d like both sides to lose.”
I have Fox News to thank for introducing me to the likes of Andrew Breitbart, Greg Gutfeld, Bill Schulz, Mike Baker, Jim Norton, and many other gems of humanity via its late night, early morning show Red Eye, which network execs have axed after a solid run just shy of a decade.
Sadly, Fox News needs more hip, relevant shows, not less. So the cancellation may signal a move in the wrong direction.
For a bit of nostalgia, just hit the YouTube. Thankfully, memorable clips of the show will live on.
The Case of the Missing Mendel Manuscript
Ever since learning about my own DNA, I have become fascinated with genetics, particularly the human kind. That fascination extends to Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk who lived in the 19th century. He discovered the basic principles of heredity through experiments in his garden using plants such as peas.
I’ve been watching and rewatching this video for a day or so.
I really feel for that mother. I hope the parents aren’t embarrassed. They are viral now.
These kids have provided a nice little highlight to the week, which has been mostly boringly dull.
If I had been that BBC News anchor I would have changed directions, ignoring the teleprompter, and delving into who these adorable tots are.
“Looks like we have some visitors.”
“Now, what is it like working from home?”
“Who are these little crumb crunchers?”
“Hi, what’s your name?”
“How old are you?”
Then, after the mom rushes in and ushers the two party crashers out, I’d focus on the father and fatherhood.
“What’s it like being a father?”
“No worries, you two. Thanks for being with us. And thank your wife and the two little ones for joining us, too.”
God bless ’em!