I feel like the blog was a little light on original content today, and I do apologize for that. In my defense, I: a) tried checking out this thing called a “gym” for the first time in weeks, which probably means I’ll be mostly immobile tomorrow, and b) I got asked around lunchtime to appear on Alhurra’s “Free Hour” (from 3-4 PM here in Virginia) to discuss the Syrian cease-whatever deal that John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov have apparently cooked up (more on that tomorrow). Those two things ate up a big chunk of the day.
Anyway, as it was I suggested a few places you might want to direct your charity dollars toward helping Fiji recover from Cyclone Winston.
We discussed the insane scenario now happening in northern Syria, where two sets of American proxies are fighting each other, and where one set of proxies is sort of allied with Bashar al-Assad and the other is definitely allied with Jabhat al-Nusra (AKA al-Qaeda in Syria). There was also a little discussion of the Kerry-Lavrov deal here, but I’ll have more tomorrow since more details have since been released.
I pointed you toward a radio interview I did with Scott Horton about Bernie Sanders a couple of weeks ago. Admittedly that’s been somewhat overtaken by events, but you should still go check it out if for no other reason than to support independent media.
We looked at the political fallout from this weekend’s primary and caucus and wondered why it’s so hard to find a pundit-type who is willing to come out and say that Donald Trump is now the favorite to win the GOP nomination.
And I sent you to Suzanne Maloney’s righteous call for the release of Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American who has been held by Tehran on bogus charges in October and is, since last month’s big prisoner release, the only Iranian-American still in Iranian custody.
Today’s bit of funny comes from ClickHole, “This Speech Was Written For President Nixon To Deliver If The Astronauts Didn’t Make It To The Moon”:
I knew Buzz Aldrin too. He was brave and noisy. He would often boast that when he got to the moon, he would jam a Japanese flag into the soil “just to make NASA shriek and holler.” I often told him, “Buzz, do not cram a flag of Japan into the soil of the moon. Do the American flag instead,” and Buzz would say, “With all due respect, Mr. President, fuck you. I’m going to bring nine Japanese flags to cover the surface of the moon in Japanese flags, and then when aliens see the moon through their binoculars, they will say, ‘I guess that thing belongs to Japan.'” Buzz was a great man.
The less that is said about Michael Collins, the better.
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