What's up, Chuck?
President Donald Trump has taken a good bit of grief for suggesting what the country needs is a military parade.
Elected Democrats and others have had a field day. The former SEAL Team Six member who killed Osama Bin Laden tweeted it was "third world bull——." Former Army Ranger Andrew Exum, a native of Chattanooga, said in an article in The Atlantic, "Americans don't have a problem of appreciating the military too little. Americans have a problem venerating the military too much."
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.? Well, he can't say a whole lot. After all, he called for a military parade of sorts in 2014. It would have been a ticker tape parade in New York City that would have marked the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and thanked participants for their efforts. It was to include military brass, color guards, military bands and flyovers.
This is the same Schumer who could only fume when Trump Cabinet nominees were approved by majority votes because his predecessor, Harry Reid, changed the rules. And this is the same Schumer who received the lion's share of the blame when the government was shut down recently because he demanded the legalization of illegal immigrant children.
But this is Trump's idea. So it's not worth considering.
It's the emails again
Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, changed her mind again on why she lost last week. It's former FBI Director James Comey and the emails that are to blame again.
She's trotted out those excuses before, but most recently she's been on the misogyny kick. One of her husband's former special counsels, Lanny Davis, has come to her aid, though. He's written a book, "The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency."
Poor Comey. What's a former FBI director to do? He was hated by Democrats when he launched an investigation into Clinton's emails from when she was secretary of state, cheered when he failed to indict her, hated again when he reopened the case when classified emails were found on the computer server of Anthony Weiner (husband of her closest aide), then cheered again as a martyr when President Donald Trump fired him last year.
Her own book, "What Happened?," explored a variety of her excuses, but now she's got fresh sympathy from a longtime Clinton family sympathizer. So she was quick to tweet about it.
"A new book is out today that picks up where I left off in What Happened in explaining 'Those Damn Emails.' Terrific, fact-filled read," she wrote
You'll want to get your copy quickly before it winds up in the overstock bin.
Three members of the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles made their thanks to God and their savior, Jesus Christ, their first words when interviewed by NBC after the Feb. 4 game.
That must have stung the growing number of faith haters, but then former National Football League coach and NBC analyst Tony Dungy put in his two-cents worth.
It was the faith in God by Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, he said, that "would allow him to play with confidence."
He later tweeted that the quarterback had told him "he felt the Lord had him in Philadelphia for a special moment and he played like it tonight."
Well, that did it. Dungy was besieged by anti-faith tweeters, one of which said it was "unbelievable you would use your employer, NBC Sports, to spout this nonsense on the air."
Dungy, a strong Christian, boldly answered back, "Why would you find it hard to believe that the Holy Spirit could speak to Nick Foles just as much as a coach could speak to him? If he credited a coach for saying 'Stay calm and be confident' that's good. But if he tells me Christ says that to him I shouldn't report it???"
Who said what?
President Donald Trump's recent State of the Union address was favorably received by 75 percent of those who watched, according to a CBS poll, but Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform wanted to see what students thought of it. So they checked with a few at John Jay College in New York City.
A statement about the Islamic State was termed "ridiculous" by one woman, and another said, "Donald Trump should just mind his own business and focus on America."
Another statement, which threatened that "when you come after Americans, we come after you. We have long memories, and our reach has no limit," drove more derision. "I don't think that's a good way of handling something," a woman said. "He doesn't think before speaking and [understand] how it's going to offend a lot of people," another one said. "He's got small hands," opined one man, "so I don't know about his reach."
To another phrase, the students noted the rhetoric was "aggressive" and "not the best way to approach things." "He's over the top in general," one man concluded, "so it's par for the course."
Told each phrase had been uttered by former President Barack Obama, the students spluttered, but a few found their footing.
"I guess bias is just bad in general," one said. "I am definitely not a huge fan of him," said another. "However, I think being close-minded is probably more dangerous than anything he could do."
Whether those conclusions will last more than 30 seconds after the interview is anybody's guess.