Sup. Monday. Gross. The Skinny. Not gross. Let’s do this.
Oklahoma University SAE Racist Video
A wildly racist video from the OU fraternity chapter of SAE has emerged; it shows a bus will people geared up for some sort of formal event singing a song to the “if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” jingle… except they’re singing “there will never be a n***** in SAE” and “hang ’em from a tree.”
The frat has been suspended and OU President David Boren is giving a live presser on the television right now.
Paris Attacks Arrests
French police have arrested four people in connection to one of the Paris attacks on January 9th. These four are believed to be linked to Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who held up the kosher supermarket for several hours before killing four hostages.
Russian police have focused on a group Chechnyan men in the killing of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was shot in the back in a popular Moscow street on February 27th, which sparked much speculation as to the Kremlin’s potential involvement.
Nemtsov supporters are calling BS, saying the arrest of Chechnyan men is a coverup for Putin’s actions. Over the weekend, one Chechnyan suspect blew himself up with a grenade as police attempted to arrest him.
Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS
The dangerous Nigerian terror group Boko Haram — responsible for kidnapping nearly 300 Nigerian school girls last year — pledged allegiance to ISIS in an audio message allegedly posted by the group’s leader. This is not good, for the allegiance will help Boko Haram recruiting and open lines of coordination on strategy, intelligence, and more between the two terror groups.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu grabbed global attention when he spoke before Congress in DC last week, defying the White House’s request that he not do so. That move fired many up — some in opposition, some in agreement. However, in Tel Aviv, protests broke out against Netanyahu’s harsh stance against Palestinians; the protesters want Netanyahu to be ousted during next week’s elections.
In Madison, protests broke out Friday night after an unarmed biracial (part African-American) teen was shot and killed by a white police officer. Police were responding to reports of battery involving the suspect and are claiming that the teen attacked the office before being shot.
Protesters were chanting “black lives matter.”
Hillary Clinton is expected to break her silence on her email situation this week. Reportedly, members of her team have said the issue has grown into such a thing — SNL parodied the former Secretary of State over the weekend — that she can no longer ignore it.
Yesterday was the one-year mark since MH 370 went missing. It is still missing, with no new promising developments. In my expert opinion, we’re at about 70% chance the plane is never found.
Economy (last week)
Dow: 17,857 -277 (-1.5%) S&P 500: 2,071, -33 (-1.6%)
Despite a fantastic February jobs report (295,000 added jobs; unemployment fell to 5.5%), the Dow fell a couple hundred points. Investors are nervous that the positive signs could lead the Fed to raise interest rates sooner, rather than later. This concern led to a bit of a sell off to finish the week.
Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and PetSmart had solid weeks while Staples, Lumber Liquidators, Abercrombie & Fitch and Quicksilver hung out in struggle city.
Today we’ve got the quarterly earnings report from Urban Outfitters.
NFL – Lots of signings are going down in the league around this time. The Patriots signed safety Devin McCourty to a 5-year, $47.5 million deal, Brian Hoyer is expected to sign with the Houston Texans and the Niners said that Kap isn’t going anywhere.
The NFL has warned all 32 teams about leaking contract information.
Golf – Dustin Johnson won the first World Golf Championship title of 2015 yesterday with a strong 8-under-par finish at Doral. JB Holmes held a 5-shot lead entering the day; the was overtaken quickly by Bubba Watson and then, on the back-9, by Dustin Johnson, who held on for his 9th PGA Tour win.
This was just DJ’s fifth start since taking a 6-month leave of absence for vodka or cocaine or “too much fun” or something like that. It’s mysterious. Regardless, welcome back DJ.
NHL – The playoff race is heating up as the league enters its homestretch. There was lots of hot, dramatic action over the weekend, including the Flames overcoming a 4-0 deficit in the third period… only to lose in a shootout.
NBA – 7 tilts yesterday.
Bill Cosby kinda “broke his silence” for the first time since a million women accused him of sexual assault. He did so with a weird, slap-happy video in which he talks about his upcoming tour and how hilarious he is.
It was a slow weekend at the box office, with Chappie, despite relatively poor reviews, topping the list.
Super Important Fact
On New Year’s Eve, Uber is expected to have given 2 million riders a ride and brought in $100 million.
Must be nice; the company is now valued at over $41 billion.
It may be Monday and you may not be feeling particularly great about that, but at least you’re not that racist SAE chant-leader. That guy’s got one really, really brutal week, month, year, and remaining life coming up.
So go ahead and count your blessings and have a day.