Today marks the first day of the shuttering of America’s Buckingham Palace— the White House.
The First Family isn’t being kicked to the curb, but the rest of the country is being locked out. As part of the recent budget cuts, yesterday saw the last public guided tour of the White House.
This cutback is hopefully only temporary, but it does beg the question—really?
The truth is out there…
Sometimes it’s just not what you want to hear, or is that just what “they” want you to believe?
Extraterrestrial enthusiasts and paranoid conspiracy theorists (and non-paranoid ones too I assume) suffered a mighty blow this week.
After lots of begging, insisting, and petition signing (at the “We The People” website) they got an answer from the powers that be (or in this case the White House)–there is no life out there.
At least there’s no strong evidence to support it, or credible proof of contact, or “…information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”
All this is according to an official statement from Phil Larson of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Don’t be too discouraged about the final frontier though, as if any official statement could dampen the beliefs of this crowd, Larson does concede that with all of the trillions of stars and galaxies out there it seems likely there’s life somewhere among them.
So they’re saying there’s a chance. Just don’t expect them to be making contact any time soon.
I suppose resistance may be futile, for now. In the meantime believers keep your eyes on the skies and live long and prosper, and beee good.
“White House Says It Has No Evidence of Extraterrestrial Life”: Washington Post
…proof that my blog title is a word…even if it has fictitious origins…or does it?
Today the time-honored tradition of presidential turkey pardoning takes place.
It’s a day of excitement, happiness and joy. One favored fowl is given a new lease on life, and allowed to live out its life in peace.
However, this year a dark cloud hangs over the ceremony. This year, the lucky bird has a little bit less to look forward to.
Unlike it’s recent predecessors, this years turkey will not be celebrating with an all expenses paid trip to the happiest place on earth—Disneyland.
Since 2005, the pardoned poultry have been serving as the grand marshal of the Disney Thanksgiving parade. The birds then retire to a coop at the park’s Big Thunder Ranch where they live out the rest of their days far from any Thanksgiving table.
There will be no such honor for this year’s bird. No this year’s turkey will just have to make do with its lot at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia.
Washington was a lover of turkeys, in fact he raised turkey’s on the estate. Unfortunately for this years grateful gobbler, he also enjoyed then with gravy and a side of dressing.
Although, this year’s turkey’s accommodations are still a step up from prior to 2005.
Until 2004, the birds went to a historic farm in Herndon, Va.—Frying Pan Farm Park (a coincidence I’m sure).
I guess this year’s turkey does have a little to be thankful for.
More on the Story: Pardoned Turkey Ousted by the Mouse
…just for fun:
It’s time for a reality TV intervention.
This has been a long time coming, but we’ve finally reached the last straw.
Now I admit that I’m not reality TV’s biggest fan (not by a long shot). I’m like my competitions. I’ve been known to get addicted to “Top Chef” and “American Idol.”
However, when it comes to drama, I like my television shows fake and scripted.
Which I guess you could make a compelling argument that “fake and scripted” describes a lot of “reality” television shows.
Reality TV has gotten seriously out of control. Remember the good old days when reality TV meant watching total strangers on a beach somewhere stabbing each other in the back to win a million dollars?
This madness needs to be stopped or at least we need to start questioning the crap that gets passed off as entertainment.
Well over half of what’s on TV is considered “reality” and most of it is, well, stupid. Even worse, it encourages viewers to be idiots.
Well then consider a questionable casting decision made by Bravo for one of their “reality” TV shows.
Michaele Salahi, the blonde half of the White House party crashers, was recently announced as one of the “Real Housewives of D.C.”
Now I acknowledge that there’s a fine line between entertaining and illegal, and it’s kind of funny that the Salahis able to sneak past the White House security.
But when your behavior results in an ongoing grand jury investigation. Well, I think that’s a pretty safe place to draw the line between right and wrong.
You’ll have a hard time convincing me that their stunt was any different from the whole “balloon boy” fiasco. Maybe Bravo will offer them a reality show?
It’s nice to know that the selfish and stupid people of this world can still get ahead.
The Whole Story: “Real” Drama
…just for fun: SNL Salahi Sketch