Today’s cup: Egypt, a new NBC/Universal logo and the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger

I was in my apartment on Columbus Avenue in New York when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff.  I remember being glued to the television, engrossed with the real time reactions of those on the ground in Florida watching, all of us trying to understand what we were seeing.  Today marks the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

The unrest in Egypt continues for a third straight day, as protestors upped their numbers calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarek.  After reports of an internet shutdown, demonstrations grew to more cities Friday.  The Lede at the New York Times follows the situation on the ground.

Not surprisingly, Rahm Emanuel is back on the Chicago mayoral ballot after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in his favor regarding residency status.  Emanuel remains the front-runner in the election taking place February 22nd.

Vice President Joe Biden’s current communications director, Jay Carney, a former journalist for TIME Magazine, has been named to replace Robert Gibbs as the new White House press secretary.  I try to imagine what I’d be like in that job and envision myself, at least once a day, saying, “What a stupid question.  Next!”

I’m not a fan of the Tea Party, so it came as a bit of good news to learn that only three Republican senators, Rand Paul, Jim DeMint and Mike Lee, have embraced the Tea Party caucus.  The House hasn’t necessarily faired much better, with Michele Bachmann (R – Minnesota) as their leader.  Did you see her rebuttal the other night to the State of the Union?  Her eyes looked like Natalie Portman’s transformed into the black swan, and her delivery had Tina Fey written all over it.  I hate to be petty, but if you’re going to physically and verbally represent a constituency on national television, look into the camera and don’t patronize.

Big news.  Big, big, big news.  As Comcast officially took over NBC/Universal Thursday, they unveiled the new logo for the company, getting rid of that “busy” peacock.  I’m all for the new, sleek design but only if they keep the purple background.  It’s my favorite color.

On Tuesday night, President Obama had this to say: “…I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies.  I don’t know if — I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own.” Thursday, Chevron released their fourth quarter earnings, showing they jumped 72% for a profit of $5.3 billion.  Obama isn’t kidding and don’t let a single oil company executive try and convince you otherwise.  An editorial in Friday’s Los Angeles Times explains why we all look like fools allowing these oil subsidies to continue.

From Politico: Representative John Conyers of Michigan and fifteen other House members sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith of Texas, requesting hearings on gun control, narrowing the focus to background checks and a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.  It’s rational.  It’s a start.

I hadn’t visited in awhile because he’s doing a contest entry thing that I’m not interested in.  However, from his archives, The Perils of Introspection caught my interest and now I’m questioning everything I previously assumed about my likes and dislikes.  Damn.

I’m hoping for a canorous interlude sometime today.

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  1. Mare says

    On the morning of January 28th 25 years ago today I found out I was pregnant with my now 24 year old son. The news of the Challenger was so devastating that we waited a week to tell everyone. It was such a bittersweet day that I will never, ever forget. For me, it was a dream-come-true day…and yet my heart was soooo heavy. We will never ever forget.

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