(Writer’s note: during a week where news was breaking right and left, I was called to take care of my best baby girl Triscuit, who was under the weather. Hence my blog is late this week! Happy to report she’s doing better after two sleepless nights. Now… bring on the news.)

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Call it the popcorn-worthy pinnacle of counter-programming.

Next Tuesday Cletus gives his first State of the Union address. To me, this will be the saddest day of 45’s presidency* since his cartoonishly illegal behavior is many floors beneath the dignity of the podium he’ll take.

But there’s reason to hope. As the ultimate “get” interview Jimmy Kimmel has landed an exclusive sit-down (or lie down?) interview with Stormy Daniels, the porn ingenue-vixen who apparently hogged Donnie’s ham back in 2006—while Cletus was married to Melania, who’d just given birth to Barron. Whilst we’re on the subject, remind me again why Evangelicals still support him?

I will not watch Cheeto Shitbird’s State of the Orange speech where he’ll attempt to string sentences together. I will, however, tune in for Stormy and report back. Hell I might even live blog it. Watch this space.

 

Senator Ron Johnson (R.-Wis.) went full conspiracy-nutjob this week with his insistence that a joke between FBI agents was evidence of a conspiracy against the president*. This adorable thought-fart echoed around conservative media’s fever swamp, too. Desperate to find ways of publicly exonerating Donald, folks like Hannity and Johnson seized on this news like it was the next Hope Diamond.

Problem is this: *any* reading of these text exchanges shows that they were plainly joking. In fact, it was pretty good satire.

So to honor Sen. Johnson’s newfound love of jokes, here are some others that might fool him:

“An obvious conspiracy between Barilla pasta and boiling water.” — Ron Johnson

“Clear connection between Deep State and The Wizard of Oz.” — Ron Johnson

“Plainly obvious conspiracy between the FBI and pedophiles.” — Ron Johnson

For more obviously awesome jokes please head over to my JokeBlogger page.

 

Atlanta has had its share of downers lately. The Falcons lost in the playoffs and Mercedes-Benz stadium’s roof was leaking—not to mention the totally botched security lines. But Atlanta also has had some recent huge news in real estate and business announcements that they’re worth collecting them here.

• Facebook—Zuckerberg’s too-big-to-succeed social media behemoth—has planned a huge data center in metro Atlanta

• Atlanta beat Seattle and Raleigh, N.C., in the bid for Peugeot’s new corporate HQ

• Amazon has narrowed its list for HQ2, and Atlanta is reportedly still the leading contender

• Rising in the spot formerly occupied by the Peachtree Pine homeless shelter is a forthcoming $50M mixed-use development

There are many other examples but those are the big ones lately. I’ll make this a regular series with new updates.

 

This one is a violent crime with an unusually happy ending. Two boys who cut school in Baltimore were looking for cars to steal—and they happened upon 80-year-old Rochelle “Rikki” Spector. They punched her in the face and knocked her against a concrete pillar before stealing the car. The Baltimore Sun picks it up from here:

Instead of seeking vengeance, Spector quietly decided to become the boys’ advocate.

 

She and a team of nonprofit workers, mentors, cooks and coaches (a group Spector has dubbed the ‘Good Samaritans’) have been working with the boys for months—during and after their time on house arrest—and say their grades, school attendance and attitude have shown marked improvements.

I love stories that have unusually happy endings. If only our criminal justice system was this focused on rehabilitation. 🔵

 

That’s a wrap guys. We’ll see you right back here next week at 2 p.m., and I’ll pop in with single posts based on breaking news.


 

Will Pollocksideways is an Atlanta-based freelance multimedia journalist focusing on pop-culture, politics, journalism & media, retail, real estate, travel, politics, and human interest. 

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