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News Roundup: It Really Is A Mad, Mad World

Do you get the feeling that weird music should be playing while Rod Serling is explaining what is about to happen to your TV set? (If you don’t understand the reference, stop by your local assisted living home and ask one of the residents). If so, you should probably turn off the news and take a walk in the woods for a couple of hours; this is NOT the Twilight Zone, it really is happening.

whiteJust as we’re getting past the fact that Bruce Jenner self-identifies as a woman, along comes a white woman who self-identifies as a black woman, and is in fact the President of the local NAACP. As long as we’re going down this ‘self-identification’ road, can I “self-identify” as a billionaire? You see, all my life there has been a really rich person inside struggling to get out, and it would be financial discrimination for my bank to punish me for spending millions of dollars just because my account is overdrawn by 8 figures. I HAVE A RIGHT TO BE RICH!

As if all of this wasn’t strange enough, Washington has to one-up Hollywood. Yesterday, President Obama went to Capitol Hill to drum up support for a bill intended to give him broad powers to negotiate bad deals with other countries, and despite the best efforts of the Republican leadership, Democrats led by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rallied to send the President an embarrassing defeat. Following the 302-126 vote against the TPA, the President declared victory, saying “This is a good thing”. While all of this is going on, Hillary Clinton is considered by many to be the frontrunner in the 2016 Presidential campaign.

JohnnyIs this the point where Jack Nicholson axes his way through the door and announces “Here’s Johnny!”?

With the world standing on its head, part of me wants to ignore the news and sit in the corner with my big box of crayons and have some me time, but I’m afraid I’ll miss whatever pops out of the rabbit hole next.

About James P Willis

James P Willis lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a Cold War submarine veteran, political activist, and retired industrial mechanic. James is currently an Editor / Contributor for NewsNinja2012, a freelance writer, and his blog can be found at

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