Everyone is talking about the Covington kids.

(And that sounds like one weird-ass children’s TV show, like maybe a right-wing Care Bears or something.)  But let’s also remember there are other things going on in the news today as well:

  1. Michael Cohen postponed his February 7th testimony before Congress about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia during the 2016 election because he claimed that his family was being threatened by President Trump.  Then the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed him to testify next month anyway.
  2. The White House has been drafting a national emergency proclamation to unilaterally require the Defense Department to erect Trump’s border wall without Congressional approval.
  3. Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI this morning in connection with Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.  He was indicted by a grand jury last night on seven counts, including one count of witness tampering.  (As of this writing, he was just released on a $250,000 bond.)

You can’t make this stuff up, ladies and gentlemen.

 

 

 

We Need to Talk About Cohen.

So the first clips of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest high-profile prank comedy production have been released — this time out, it’s a Showtime series called “Who Is America?”  (For those of you who don’t recognize his name, this is the same British entertainer who brought us faux interviewers like “Borat,” “Bruno,” and the long-ago “Ali G.”)

Oh. Dear. God. The latter five minutes of the last video are … particularly damning. No matter where you stand on gun issues, please tell me you understand that U. S. Congresspeople need to be less asininely, dangerously gullible.

Cohen’s talents are incredible — he seems to have an uncanny knack for eliciting the most preposterous responses from his interview subjects.  He and his film crew also have an astonishing ability to stay in character when you or I would want to laugh.  I can’t imagine for what he got out of Sarah Palin, who upbraided him publicly for his “evil, exploitative, sick ‘humor.'”  (You’ll recall that Palin needed no help in embarrassing herself in interviews when they were entirely on the level.)

Question — should I have saved my long-harbored “We Need to Talk About Kevin” pun for a post about Michael Cohen?  (Probably.)

Question 2 — is it ironic if I initially misspelled the word “asininely” above — twice?  (Probably.)