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Just another day at the White House. Al Sharpton – in, Chuck Hagel – out.
Hagel was hired as Secretary of Defense because he’s a Republican who shared Obama’s views on ending war. Things went south for Hagel when he proved unable to end war and begin war with ISIS at the same time.
As his stock dropped, and the Cleveland’s second pick in the draft approached, a squirming Johnny Football texted Browns’ quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
Loggains told “SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly” on ESPN Arkansas 96.3 that Manziel sent him a text that read: “I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together.”
And so the wreckage began. The Browns traded up two spots and took Manziel with the 22nd pick. Same place they picked Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn in drafts of yesteryear.
Johnny Football after Midnight
The most action Manziel has seen since then was when an overly affectionate fan touched off a bench clearing brawl in his live-in hotel last week. The 2:30 a.m. workout didn’t sit well with the Browns’ brass.
All seems forgiven. Johnny played two series of downs in Sunday’s loss to Buffalo. He scored a touchdown and fumbled in his own end zone. Good enough for a possible start against the Colts this Sunday.
Not quite good enough. Hoyer will start on Sunday.
Black Friday won’t be setting sales records in Ferguson. According to the New York Times at least 25 buildings were burned in the violence.
On the bright side over $250,000 in donations have poured in to Natalie DuBose. Her small bakery, Natalie’s Cakes & More, was heavily damaged and she had been unable to fulfill Thanksgiving orders.
Chuck Hagel is gone as Secretary of Defense. He was Obama’s third bird. All three complained about interference from the White House staff. They were ok with the cooks and butlers but not so much Susan Rice, McDonough, and Ben Rhodes. Here’s an example from Bloomberg.
Like his immediate predecessors at the Pentagon, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, Hagel chafed at the way a small cadre of Obama loyalists centralized power in the White House. When Obama backed off a threat to bomb Syria last year, he made the decision on a walk with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough. Hagel was informed of the decision later.
Hagel is is flying the coop, but not just yet. He’ll stay on until Secretary of Defense IV is found.
The Washington Post actually fact checked a Saturday Night Live skit. Zachary Goldfarb rated the skit not helpful to the president.
The sketch was about Obama’s executive action on immigration (mislabeled as an “executive order”, Goldfarb helpfully corrects). It was set to “Schoolhouse Rock” and featured a “Bill” singing about how a bill becomes law. A cynical singing “Executive Order” explains how things really work, while President Obama repeatedly kicks the crooning “Bill” down the Capitol steps.
I rate it Damn Funny.
Since the Post is now rating comedy routines Michelle Malkin immediately wanted to know why it didn’t fact check Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin character for claiming she could see Russia from her house.
Personally, I want to know if Super Colossal Jimmy Carter is really 90 feet tall.
Cartoon Fact Check
My cartoon deliberately confuses Zachary Goldfarb’s fact check with the Post’s Glenn Kessler’s pinocchio ratings. I hope they don’t fact check cartoons now. On the other hand I could use the publicity.