I love you all but have every intention of winning tonight’s Powerball lottery worth an estimated $1.5B USD – that’s B as in billions.
Should make the State of the Union address a little more exciting as the White House just announced joining Snapchat.
Leo DiCaprio recoils and makes a face after Lady Gaga brushes against him while walking to the stage to collect the Golden Globe for Best Actress.
— Yahoo Movies (@YahooMovies) January 11, 2016
“Oh lord — that’s trending, huh?” DiCaprio said when Entertainment Tonight’s Cameron Mathison told the Golden Globe winner that his reaction was all but breaking the Internet. “I just didn’t know what was passing me — that’s all!”
I often grumble about Chef Dominique Ansel and his much ballyhooed Cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid that sells in his Spring Street bakery in Manhattan for $5 USD each as people stand in line for hours just for the privilege of the proprietary pastry; however, all is forgiven because Williamsburg’s Manila Social Club created a version of fried dough that is more OTT than the Cronut. Introducing the Golden Cristal Ube Donut made from purple yams, bathed in icing created with Cristal champagne, and covered with 24k gold flakes. Price: $100 USD each although if you order a dozen, they’ll drop the price to just $1K for 12.
When I visited Afghanistan in 2014, NATO and US troops were scaling down operations while presidential elections, fraught with allegations of fraud, went into round two. Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah both claimed victory but eventually agreed to form a unity government led by Ghani and Abdullah as Chief Executive Officer in October 2014.
For the most part, NATO and the US took their toys and went home resulting in a predictable recipe for political instability including tribalism, power vacuums with a side order of warlords and a not-so-insignificant resurgence of Taliban-controlled regions.
U.S. President Barack Obama, having long stated his determination to end a war that began in 2001, reversed course in October 2015 and said that the American force of 9,800 troops would remain in Afghanistan through most of 2016, before dropping to 5,500.
The latest dispatch by Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger of the NYT should give pause as to what to expect in 2016 as Al-Qaeda re-emerges throughout the region while the Taliban continues to control or strongly influence approximately half the nation, according to Bill Roggio, editor of The Long War Journal, an online publication that tracks Taliban control.
With the renewed violence against U.S. troops and potential “safe haven” for terrorist activities, I wonder if Afghanistan will return as a hot topic in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.
Tina Fey as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan during the early 2000s in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” a/k/a WTF.
Great background piece by CBS Radio correspondent (and good friend) Teri Schultz as she talks about the Belgian town of Molenbeek, one subway stop from the center of Brussels and NATO headquarters, now deemed “Europe’s Terror Capital”.