Political Animal


March 03, 2013 5:12 PM Sunday Evening Reads

By Samuel Knight

*This, via the AP, seems like kind of a big deal: “Baby born with AIDS appears to have been cured.”

“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told The Associated Press.

*Some guy named Mike or Mitch or Matt or something gave an interview to Fox News.

*John Kerry announced that the U.S. will provide $250 million in aid to Egypt after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said he would forge ahead with economic forms prescribed by the IMF. Although the IMF has deemed the structural adjustment necessary for a $4.8 billion aid package, the austerity measures could seriously hurt the vast majority of Egyptians - 40 percent of whom live on $2 a day.

Kerry then left Egypt for human rights bastion and close U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, his seventh stop on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State.

*Lech Walesa, Poland’s Solidarity hero from the eighties, can’t quite seem to be a voice for the voiceless in a post-Cold War world. The AP reported that he recently gay-bashed in an interview, and that his comments may have “irreparably harmed his legacy.”

“They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights, the greatest hours, the greatest provocations, spoiling things for the others and taking (what they want) from the majority,” he told the private broadcaster TVN during a discussion of gay rights. “I don’t agree to this and I will never agree to it.”

Might this explain his endorsement of Mitt “Get the Scissors” Romney?

*Unlike some of us, Josh Gerstein actually found out something mildly intriguing about one of Obama’s Friday pardons. An Na Peng, a Chinese national who faced deportation after being convicted of a felony charge of conspiracy to defraud the INS in 1996, won an appeal against immigration services. “So Peng’s need for a pardon was not as urgent as it was a year or so ago when she faced being thrown out of the country and separated from her family.”

*The air quality in China’s capital is so abysmal, expats have started calling respiratory problems that develop there the “Beijing Cough.” While the term might not catch on quite like the “Harlem Shake” (sorry) one of China’s top doctors called it “an extreme insult to Beijing,” and, somewhat unbelievably, suggested that the pollution just takes getting used to.

*Apparently, there is a nine year old rapper in Boston named “Lil Poopy” - he’s the subject of a Guardian “Passnotes” profile. His controversial lyrics - which touch upon not diminutive defecation, but rather adult pastimes - have led the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to investigate his father. The matter at hand: whether or not Lil Poopy’s career is a form of child abuse.

Good luck with Monday, everyone. It was a pleasure to blog for you this weekend.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • gregor on March 03, 2013 5:57 PM:

    'Devastated not for ourselves for the country.'

    Behold the humility that the woman has.

  • c u n d gulag on March 03, 2013 5:59 PM:

    "Little Poopy?"

    Jeez, it sounds like what John Boehner has every time another Teabagger opens his or her mouth!

  • matt w on March 03, 2013 7:55 PM:

    Further video of the Romney interview:


  • jkl; on March 03, 2013 10:19 PM:

    Still thinking they'd win, saying the (Rovian ) polls were in their favor, that they'd be there to help out (the rich).... ( it takes time )
    ...she still says 'it's hard.'

    Nothing new here----move on....
    47%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% " is the reality we can't change?????...."

    Look, I don't look back...............................
    It's the media's fault. Univerally felt...............

  • jkl; on March 03, 2013 10:32 PM:

    The Romneys should just stay ever so mysteriously in their villa (s)

    Hafta say I WAS NERVOUS they might win, and this election 4-me was fraught with poor sleep..........

  • Diana W on March 03, 2013 10:55 PM:

    Thank you for giving the Faux News interview the attention it deserved. Gerson story is much more interesting, and much more important.

  • exlibra on March 04, 2013 12:30 AM:

    Might this explain his [Walesa's] endorsement of Mitt “Get the Scissors” Romney? -- Samuel Knight

    It might. Americans are still star-struck about Walesa (still crazy... after all those years), but none of you ever heard him in the original Polish. The man is a bit like Santorum -- a rabid Catholic with a herd of kids to prove it (he even begot one while he was interned, in '82) -- but without the education or the intelligence. So yeah... bigots of a feather stick together.

    But Walesa's endorsement of Romney had another component to it as well. Walesa has become irrelevant in Poland several years ago; nobody pays him a blind bit of deference any more, and he doesn't like it. In fact, he's not even as famous as he used to be *even in the US* -- he came to the States several times recently to promote some right-wingers of Polish descent who were running for office, and nobody seems to have noticed it. But Romney, with his total lack of any understanding of the world beyond his own gated communities, was totally unaware of it, and instigated a meeting. Of which Walesa made as much hay as he could.

  • ninja3000 on March 04, 2013 9:02 AM:

    Lil Poopy's career is a form of aesthetic abuse.