Invasion of the House snatchers

So I’m reading stories about John Boehner calling it quits as speaker of the House because the Republicans he leads are out of control, and I see this in on the NPR Web site:

In the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation, one name has quickly emerged as the front-runner to replace him: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

And my first thought is Kevin McCarthy? Like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Kevin McCarthy?


But then I realized that can’t be right. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” came out in 1956, and it’s a horror movie about a guy who slowly comes to realize that everyone around him is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. The movie is a classic and is considered “a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthyism (or the totalitarian system of Your Choice).”

Yes, I started thinking the same thing. Kevin McCarthy is in a House where once reasonable people are being replaced by things that appear to be human but want to get rid of everyone who doesn’t agree that their way of doing things is the only way things should be done.

So maybe Kevin McCarthy is the logical choice to be speaker of the House. But I suspect that at a certain point, we’re going to see him running through the streets of Washington:

Sorry, dude. I’ve been yelling this since the Republicans went after Bill Clinton. No one listens.

What’s happening in the Thunderdome?


The GOP ranks are thinning with Rick Perry and Scott Walker gone, but there are still too many candidates. Based on this list, the only combinations that seem to make sense are Jeb! and Carly or Marco and Jeb!.

Trump is still in the lead, but America’s Silvio Berlusconi is actually dropping. But Trump’s a TV guy and we’re getting sick of reruns.

And the Thunderdome reference just seems appropriate, because the stage is just a blood-thirsty freak show, and the only way to satisfy the audiences for both is to throw them raw meat:

The next time you fly over Pluto

Another animated view of the former planet as seen by the New Horizons space probe.

The download of images will continue through next year, because the connection speed is much worse than AOL in its  dial up days (at one point a plodding 2,000 bits per second, when 52 kilobits was considered crawling). But despite that, the visuals, like the one above are still pretty amazing.