And finally… OBAMACARE — LITERALLY: A woman standing behind the President during his Healthcare.gov press conference began feeling faint — and the President helped catch her before she fell. ”This happens,” Mr. Obama snarked, “when I talk too long.” (NY Daily News)
And finally… IF CONGRESS IS PURGATORY… While the shutdown plays out, Senate chaplain Barry C. Black is trying to nudge one-half of Congress to do right by the American people, using what the Times calls “epic ministerial scolding.” A sample: “Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable.” Hallelujah and amen. (NY Times)
(Photo of Senate chaplain Barry C. Black in his office on Capitol Hill by Drew Angerer / The New York Times)
And finally… BURN-SKI:Sen. John McCain gets an op-ed published in the Russian newspaper Pravda in response to Putin’s anti-Obama editorial missive from last week’s New York Times. ”President Putin claims his purpose is to restore Russia to greatness at home and among the nations of the world. But by what measure has he restored your greatness? … He has made her (Russia) a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world.” What’s Russian for “Oh, snap!!!”? (USAT)
Penn State, which sheltered child rapist football coaches (and which still lionizes Joe Paterno, who protected all of them), has reached the first settlement with one of the victims. The university has set aside $60 million total to buy victims’ silence for the payouts. (The Guardian)
"I am coming into this with an open mind." The court-appointed monitor set to oversee the NYPD’s “stop-and-frisk” program is — what else — an old white dude. And a lawyer. (NYDN)
Excerpted and translated from the photo caption on the front page of Milenio, a Mexican newspaper, about the 1-0 U.S. victory over a soccer nemesis: “The goal scorer was the Mexican-American Michael Orozco.”
And that’s one reason why I very much love America.
Oh my God, the U.S. threaded like seventeen different needles on that play.
FIRST! Defender Michael Orozco Fiscal celebrates after scoring a goal in the 80th minute of a friendly between the United States and Mexico, which the U.S. won 1-0 before a stunned crowd at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. The victory is the first-ever American win on Mexican soil and the first in 24 matches; earlier this year, the U.S. also defeated Italy for the first time. (Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters via The New York Times)
TIERRA DEL FUEGO A forest fire burns in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the early hours of April 24. The fire, which began on April 21, has affected 3500 acres of forest is now threatening Guadalajara’s urban area. (Photo: Ulises Ruiz Basurto / EPA via MSNBC)
Okay, I hate to be one of those pareidolia people but I see a face in that smoke plume — and you do too.