Reading While Eating for Dec. 14: No Rice Redux

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: Susan Rice will not be the next U.S. Secretary of State, but John Kerry might be.

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media following Security Council consolations over the situation in North Korea on April 13 in New York City. Yesterday, Rice withdrew her name from consideration to succeed Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Susan Rice Bows Out from Secretary of State Consideration. Thereby dashing the hopes of anyone who dreamt of having two U.S. Secretaries of State in the last decade with the surname Rice. (Swampland)

John Kerry, Come on Down. Rice’s withdrawal leaves the former Presidential candidate as Obama’s likely choice. (The Washington Post)

Thought You Knew Everything About the Alphabet? Think again. (Mental Floss)

The 40 Most Insane Things That Happened in Florida in 2012. Cutting that list down to 40 must have been no easy task. Just wait till they tackle Ohio. (Buzzfeed)

How to Dress Like Your Favorite Film Characters. Hint: If you’re looking for an easy one, go with ‘The Dude’ from The Big Lebowski. (Flavorwire)

Frieda Pinto Shines At the Dubai International Film Festival. The Slumdog Millionaire star is serving as the head of the jury for the short films. (Divanee)

Justin Bieber, on the Other Hand… It’s hard work trying so hard to look like you’re not trying at all. (Go Fug Yourself)

There’s No Time To Explain! Here’s your supercut of the day—We’d say more but… (YouTube via The Daily What)

6 comments
ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

Time magazine is so politically correct they couldn't even state the dream properly and it was indeed an ambitious one.........to have two black female secretaries of state named Rice in the last decade.  

Then again, every single Cabinet post except Treasury and Defense is used merely as a political reward for various constituencies and special interest groups.  The Secretary of State job is one of the most meaningless; virtually every President has acted as his own Secretary of State. It's a completely redundant job and doesn't even need to exist.  And that's probably true of half the Cabinet.

Surfboat
Surfboat

John McCain just spoke volumes to any minority who might aspire to acquire an advanced education.  A sadder state of affairs for the minorities in the United States cannot be imagined.  John Kerry is OK but this kicks Adam Smith's Theories of efficient use of divided labor in the face.   And to whose benefit?  Certainly not the country as a whole.  How many time is John McCain going to embarrass himself and the country before he shuts the hell up and goes away?  This isn't academic politics; this is a childish temper tantrum by a politician unqualified for his position.

CarlNagas
CarlNagas

Susan Rice once described John McCain as reckless and dangerous.  John McCain used the death of four Americans to get his revenge on Susan Rice.  This is just human nature.  Shallow, petty, reckless and dangerous human nature. John McCain politicized the death of four Americans to get his revenge on another American.  This is how politics works.  This is what your tax dollars are paying for.  We hope you enjoy the show.

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

@CarlNagas Torpedoing the nomination of Rice or any person for this job is not reckless or dangerous in the least.  It's nothing more than one more symbolic and meaningless post.  Which Washington has about a zillion of.

RussAllisonLoar
RussAllisonLoar

Do you really mean "consolations" in your cutline under Rice's photo: "US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media following Security Council consolations over the situation. . . ." or perhaps it should be consultations?