Match Made in Heaven: Ken Starr and BU

Chris Crocker would have risen to great heights back in the late 90s. You might recall Crocker is the dude who made that infamous “Leave Britney Alone!” video.

I personally believe that (thanks Caitlin Upton!) Crocker would have made a similar vid about then President Bill Clinton back in the late 90s.

Who could forget Bubba’s unenviable position, lurid details of his trysts with Monica Lewinsky out there for the world to feast on.

I refuse to believe Slick Willie was any sort of victim, especially given the hell he put Hillary through.  Though if you ask Chris Rock, the whole Lewinsky thing was her fault, she didn’t “save her man from himself”, but I digress.

Ken Starr, the man who doggedly pursued Pres. Clinton like Jason went after the Golden Fleece, is now the President of Baylor University [insert jokes here].

Don’t know how his tenure is going to go, only time will tell, but one thing I do know: The school’s unofficial motto, “Sic ’em Bears” fits Starr to a tee.

This is how some people saw Ken Starr during the late 90s.

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President Clinton pulls a Jesse Jackson

I believe congratulations are in order for President Clinton. He went over there to North Korea, had a chat with comrade-in-chief Kim Jong Il (below in puppet form)kim jong il and convinced the leader of one of the world’s last worker paradises (another being Cuba) to release 2 American citizens sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for entering North Korea illegally.

Maybe it was Slick Wilie’s chuminess with the regime that allowed him to hop on a bird, land, have some tea and perhaps promise more nuke baking technology in exchange for the 2 women.

Whatever the case maybe, this whole episode reminds me of the time Jesse Jackson went to Yugoslavia to meet with Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milošević. Jackson ended up securing the release of 3 U.S. POWs who were being held hostage by the Milošević regime.

What sticks most in my mind is what comedian par excellence Chris Rock said about Jackson’s trip to the Balkans.

Enjoy…

Jesse’s all right. Jesse went over there, Jesse got them hostages… He went over there with no money, no sweet potato pie. What did Jesse say? Jesse must’ve been, like: ”Do you want the United States to really be mad at you? ‘Give the hostages to me.'”

The Last Time Texas lost to Baylor was in…

1998

During the administration of this nation’s first black President (at least according to Toni Morrison).

I was there at the Erwin Center utterly flummoxed and struck with awe as Baylor center Brian Skinner (below on the right) did his best Lew Alcindor impression.

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No, that is not a ‘roided up Steve Urkel

Well, Mr. Skinner headed for greener pastures when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers (well maybe not greener) in the 1st round of the 1998 NBA Draft (22nd pick overall).

Not coincidentally, Baylor hasn’t beaten Texas since.

That’s 23 games in a row, including tonight’s nail-biter at Waco,

No. 11 Texas beats Baylor for 23rd straight time

For a recap, click here.

I actually saw Brian Skinner a couple of years ago at a local Party City. He’s still hanging around the NBA, this year he returned to the team that drafted him.

Here’s hoping that his 10-year NBA career is not characterized by this picture from his Milwaukee Bucks days in which he just got posterized by the only man in the NBA who is allergic to dunking the ball (Yao had to bathe in Benadryl after this thunderous dunk),

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American Puritanism and Eliot Spitzer

From the pen of Tom Clancy,

The dollar was already falling… In Europe, traders on their way home heard their cellular phones start beeping to call them back. Something unexpected was afoot. Analysts wondered if it had anything to do with the developing sex scandal within the American government. Europeans always wondered at the American fixation with the sexual dalliances of politicians. It was foolish, puritanical, and irrational, but it was real to the American political scene, and that made it a relevant factor in how they handled American securities. — From Debt of Honor, emphasis mine

Thought this relevant in light of the revelations emanating from the state of New York earlier this week. I have a European co-worker who more or less agrees with Clancy’s take.

To a lesser degree, my admiration for Pres. Bill Clinton was not stifled when the Lewinsky scandal broke, but in fact it grew. My “reasoning” had to do with what I, in my darkened understanding, perceived his dalliance with a woman half his age as a sign of the man’s virility. I wholeheartedly agreed (past tense) with comedian Chris Rock in thinking that it was all Hillary’s fault. As the ever witty Rock commented,

A man is only as faithful as his options

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