All About 2015

A shorter version of Dave Barry’s 2015 review

JANUARY

In Paris, two million people march in a solidarity rally following the horrific terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Eyebrows are raised when not a single top U.S. official attends, but several days later, Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in France with James Taylor, who — this really happened — performs the song You’ve Got a Friend. This bold action strikes fear into the hearts of terrorists, who realize that Secretary Kerry is fully capable, if necessary, of unleashing Barry Manilow.

FEBRUARY

… NBC suspends Nightly News anchor Brian Williams after an investigation reveals inaccuracies in his account of being in a military helicopter under fire in Iraq. “Mr. Williams did not actually come under fire,” states the network. “Also technically he wasn’t in a helicopter in Iraq; it was a Volvo station wagon on the New Jersey Turnpike. But there was a lot of traffic.” A contrite Williams blames the lapse on post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from killing Osama bin Laden.

In the War on Terror, the White House, having struck a powerful blow with the James Taylor Tactical Assault Ballad, boldly follows up by — again, this really happened — hosting a three-day “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism,” featuring both workshops AND symposiums.

In business news, troubled retailer RadioShack files for bankruptcy, citing the fact that in the past six years, the chain’s 4,000 stores had made a nationwide total of one sale, that being a home email server purchased by Hillary Clinton.

Former Ambassador Howell to speak at monthly breakfast: Saturday, December 19, 2015

In addition to having an official business meeting we are honored  to have Doctor Nathaniel Howell as our guest speaker.  Doctor Howell was the Ambassador to the State of Kuwait from August, 1987 until December,1990, only four months after the Iraqi invasion.  Ambassador Howell has an extensive list of held appointments and positions.  Please join us on December 19, 2015 to hear Ambassador Howell speak to us on so many timely issues.
Please join us Saturday, December 19, 2015 for our Monthly Breakfast!!  This is an official meeting and all ACRC members should attend to keep their membership valid and to ensure we reach quorum.
Our monthly breakfast is held at the DoubleTree Hotel on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Breakfast is served at 8:00 AM and the meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 AM!
Please join us at the DoubleTree for their fantastic breakfast buffet for $10 per person (including tax and tip). They also offer “just coffee” for $3. Breakfast is not mandatory — you can join us without paying & eating if you choose. But, we think that once you see the food, you’ll see why this is such a great deal.  Per Hotel rules, no outside food or beverage is permitted.