25 January 2019 is Burns Night in Scotland—a celebration of the poetry of Robert Burns and that elaborate practical joke played on tourists known as haggis. In Egypt it is simultaneously National Police Day (remembering the refusal of police to surrender to the British army in 1952) and Revolution Day 2011 (remembering the protests against police corruption that led to the downfall of Hosni Mubarak). It is National Voters’ Day in India and National Nutrition Day in Indonesia. On the calendar of the western church it is Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, recalling the moment when Saul of Tarsus was struck blind on the road to Damascus, and so altered the course of history.
And the partial government shutdown in Washington D.C. continues with the failure of at least two bills to end it. Is this the end for America? Inquiring minds want to know. At least that old Benghazi Spirit is still alive and kicking—it’s reported that Lindsey Graham wants to order another investigation into the FBI handling of the issue of Hilary Clinton’s private email server when she was Secretary of State. Keep on flogging that dead horse, guys—it’s sure to start walking any day now. And while Lindsey and his friends are clowning around in the Senate the alleged President’s team is throwing out useless suggestions to Federal workers who are being forced to do their jobs without pay—they should take out an emergency loan and ask their grocers for free food. Clueless, all of them.