ASK OSAMA BIN LADEN
“So this here is the victory lap, then I’m lea-vin,” a lyric from ‘Encore’ off Jay Z’s “The Black Album” sums up President Obama’s final State of the Union address last night. From calling on VP Joe Biden to head up what he calls a moonshot cure for cancer to make America the country that cures cancer once and for all, one of his many “mic drop” anecdotes last night was ‘If you doubt America’s commitment – or mine – to see that justice is done, ask Osama bin Laden,’ and a jab at Trump, snap! The president also touched on the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacre, Wall Street’s recklessness and ending with “That’s the America I know. That’s the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, daughter of Indian immigrants, was chosen to deliver the Republican rebuttal and with radiant white teeth and a flattering blue suit delivered it way better than Bobby Jindal could. In her speech she said “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices, we must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.” The lowest common denominator was Donald Trump and his hate mongering rhetorics.
Two United States Navy patrol boats and 10 crew members that were detained for “trespassing” on Iranian waters have been released. “There are no indications that the sailors were harmed during their brief detention.”
In his eight season, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville achieved an NHL coaching milestone yesterday with a career record of 782-451-110 with 77 ties, to have the second NHL all-time coaching wins tied with Al Arbour; Scotty Bowman leads with 1,244 wins…You can’t help but find the irony in the fact that a teenager hacked a series of accounts linked to the Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper; The FBI is investigating. This is the same hacker that hit the private email of the CIA director last fall…The drinking water crisis (going on in Flint, MI of high levels of lead) will now have the help of the Michigan National Guard and they are requesting the help of FEMA…Did you see the one about the wanted man in Ohio, Donald A. Chip Pugh, who sent police a selfie because he wasn’t happy with his mugshot “Here is a better photo that one is terrible,” he wrote….Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper has helped raise more than $100,000 to buy coats for Chicago’s homeless.
Reese Witherspoon in an Erdem dress is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine…David Beckham was honored with the Humanitarian Leadership Award for his work helping children through his Seven Foundation during last night’s Louis Vuitton presented UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel; Guests inlcuded Nicole Kidman, Selena Gomez,Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Jesse Metcalfe with girlfriend Cara Santana, Holly Robinson Peete, Michelle Rodriguez, and performance by Mariah Carey and The Company Men…Vasectomys are usually done to help prevent pregancies but football player Antonio Cromartie has some strong soldiers. His wife Terricka is pregant with twins, after the already father of 10 from eight women, had the procedure done in 2011.
Stella McCartney hosted the preview of her Pre-Fall 2016 collection last night in LA at Amoeba music with guest sincluding Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, Beck, Orlando Bloom, Marilyn Manson, Selma Blair, Nicole Richie, Lily-Rose Depp, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Mary J. Blige…Rumors that Hedi Slimane might be exiting Kering owned Saint Laurent/YSL won’t die down and this time a successor, Anthony Vacarello Creative Director of Versace Versus, might be waiting on the sidelines, maybe…First lady Michelle Obama taking her seat in the VIP box for POTUS’s last SOTU wore a marigold Narciso Rodriguez shift dress that’s now sold out.
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