Julia Pierson is out as the director of the Secret Service following story after story in recent days about the agency's shocking incompetency, including the one about a man running wild through the White House with a knife. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced her predictable exit in a statement: Today, Pierson "offered her resignation, and I accepted it," he said. "I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation."
While promoting his ark epic Noah earlier this year, director Darren Aronofsky said the flood myth “belongs to all of us – every religion, every culture, every citizen of planet Earth.” It seems his words found an unintentional audience in the design team over at Dabiq, the Western-aimed recruiting magazine put out by the terrorist group ISIS.
“I was going to say I don’t think anyone is going to use Noah to recruit people to become true believers and go out and kill people,” said the director in a discussion at the New Museum Visionaries Series last night. “Although I just found out that ISIS, in their newsletter, is using imagery from my movie to make a point.”
The cartoon above ran in today’s Boston Herald. Like the vast majority of editorial cartoons, it’s pretty dumb. Unlike the vast majority, it has been widely denounced and (sort of) apologized for, on account of its boneheaded choice of toothpaste flavors.
Obviously, using watermelon as the punch line was a terrible idea. The question is whether something worse than an inadvertent slip-up is at work here. Ta-Nehisi Coates says yes, there was:
Since 9/11, Americans love to talk Islam. Unfortunately, this has not tended to be an intelligent debate, and Bill Maher is often one of the worst offenders when it comes to sweeping over-generalizations and misunderstandings of the complicated ways religious membership, belief, and behavior interact.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that Texas doctors have diagnosed a patient with Ebola, marking the first case found in the United States — and rumors are running rampant about a second case. This is terrible news in general, and scary news for Americans. But it might be good news in terms of helping flush research funding toward the fatal virus.
Students and teachers were evacuated this morning at the Connecticut school, which now holds classes in a nearby town following the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown. A law-enforcement search turned up nothing except still more proof that people are the absolute worst.
Name: Dapper Dan
Age: "Are you talking about chronological time or biological time?"
Occupation: Designer, hip-hop fashion icon. Next Tuesday, October 7, you can catch him at the book launch for Emily Spivack's Worn Stories, in which he is featured.
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
I would have to say Robert Day, my father. But if you were referring to someone outside of the family, I would say John Henrik Clarke. He was the first person who opened my eyes historically to the problems that we face as a race, based on what we did as opposed to what was done to us. He taught me to always look to myself.
Ever since North Korea's George Clooney was seen limping in public this summer, there's been nonstop speculation about his continued ability to do everything perfectly all the time. Although he performed his photo-op duties through the pain for months, Kim Jong-un missed last week's parliamentary meeting and is reportedly recovering from double ankle surgery, launching rumors about the secretive country's dictator to Kardashian-West levels. Is it gout? Diabetes? High blood pressure? The high heels? All of the above?