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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • On Second Thought

  • A lighthearted look at news of the day.
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  • A lighthearted look at news of the day:The Obama administration announced this week it had captured the ringleader in that attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But it turns out the guy doesn’t even known how to work a movie camera.---The administration snatched its latest suspect, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, from Libya. The Libyan government said it is demanding his rights be protected. Isn’t that kind of like a teenager demanding that his or her parents keep their own room clean?---Actually, the producer of the movie trailer the administration originally blamed for the violence, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was sentenced long ago for violating probation. He has said he wants to finish the film. I’ll step out of the way now to avoid being crushed by the stampede of investors.---Nakoula says he’s misunderstood. Maybe so, but to be safe he might want to consider a desk job.---First it was former Utah attorney general John Swallow and now it’s embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner. Computer makers must have special hard drives they keep for government employees — guaranteed to crash and erase themselves if an investigation is pending.---Lerner is suspected of ordering special scrutiny for conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. But now it turns out the hard drive containing emails related to her alleged actions crashed and then was disposed of in a secret vault that also contains Richard Nixon’s missing 18 ½ minutes of audio tape and the remains of that alien captured at Area 51.---Amazon unveiled a new smartphone last week. The only problem is that when you look at it online, it also suggests other phones from competitors you might be interested in.---The HBO show “Game of Thrones” has become so popular that Living Language is going to develop a course to teach the fictional language that was created for the show. That’s just great. Americans will finally become bilingual in a language that will be useless unless they’re talking back to their televisions.---I suppose those who already speak Klingon could now be trilingual. They say it’s easier to learn a fictional language if you already speak one.---Couldn’t HBO come out with a compelling show where characters spoke Chinese or Arabic? Can’t Telemundo write a soap opera that would compel us to speak Spanish?---If only HBO had existed 140 years ago we might all be speaking Esperanto today.

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