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Updated: November 2, 2013 6:26AM

The shutdown saga. . .

Checkbook checkmate: Uncle Joe is at it again!

◆ Translation: Vice President Joe Biden used the threat of a government shutdown to raise moola for the Dem party.

◆ To wit: Biden dispatched two emails Sunday and Monday reminding supporters of a Sept. 30 fund-raising deadline — after blasting Republicans for authoring the shutdown.

◆ Quoth Biden: “Fight back against the far right by chipping in today.”


It’s kaput! The longtime drinking ban for faculty and staff at Chicago’s conservative evangelical Moody Bible Institute may have ended recently, but they still are not permitted to drink or smoke in front of their students . . . or, God forbid, engage in extramarital sex.

◆ The upshot: The decision “came out of a desire in Moody’s leadership to reflect a high-trust environment that emphasizes values, not rules,” said Brian Regnerus, a Moody spokesman.

◆ The bank shot: It was getting harder to hire staff.

Oy, vay!

It’s a fact that George Washington did not chop down a cherry tree. Nor did he pitch a silver dollar across the Potomac River.

◆ But did you know our first president failed to return two borrowed books from the New York Society Library in 1789?

◆ Yep. In 2010, the overdue library fine was estimated to be $300,000. In lieu of paying the fine, Mount Vernon, where a new research library was opened in the first president’s name last week, presented the New York Society Library with a duplicate of one of George’s borrowed books. How very American.

The Di file . . .

Oh, those Brits! The installation of a poster in Paris advertising the film on the late Princess Diana, starring Aussie actress Naomi Watts, has sparked a bit of a royal uproar.

◆ Bad juju: The billboard was installed near the spot where Princess Diana was killed in a car accident at Pont d’Alma in Paris — and yards away from an unofficial memorial where Diana pilgrims visiting the scene of her death scrawl messages in her memory.

The eat beat . . .

Mixin’ it up! Here’s what the White House menu may have included if it had been a Mitt Romney kitchen.

◆ To wit: Sneed chuckled at excerpts from Ann Romney’s new cookbook, appropriately titled, “The Romney Family Table.”

◆ Stack ’em: Romney claims that the morning after her hubby conceded defeat in his 2012 presidential election bid, she went home and made “Grandmother Pottinger’s pancakes for both of us. There was so much batter left over that we decided to make pancakes for the Secret Service guys who were packing up to leave.”

◆ Whack ’em: A sidenote to her Fluffernutter sandwich recipe is a swipe at Big Apple Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who “probably has Fluff high on his list of substances to be banned in New York City,” which she says should be an incentive to keep it around.

Hill swill . . .

It’s a no go: Actress Diane Lane must be glum. Now comes word NBC pulled the plug on the Hillary Clinton miniseries in which Lane was to star as the former first lady and secretary of state.

◆ Also killed: CNN’s plan to do a documentary on Hillary Clinton, covering her early career, after it ran up against a brick wall — apparently erected by all things pro or con Clinton. Thus, the project is deader than a smelt.

◆ The backside: If those involved had used their brains in the first place, they would have known neither Republicans nor Democrats would have wanted it made.

A double Suh . . .

What’s in a name? Minutes after “Dominant Suh,” a 3-1 favorite at Arlington Park racetrack, won a race, the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh forced the Bears’ QB Jay Cutler to fumble . . . boosting the Lions’ lead over the Bears to 37-16! Oh man, what an omen?

Sneedlings . . .

Best wishes to Lee Malone, who retires Tuesday after 50 years at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Architect Richard Tomlinson and your co-workers want to publicly acknowledge your commitment for all those years. Bravo, Lee. . . . Tuesday’s birthdays: Julie Andrews, 78; Zach Galifianakis, 44, and former President Jimmy Carter, 89. . . . and happy belated to Debbie Silverman Krolik, ageless.

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