This is probably the most powerful political ad of my lifetime, perhaps of all time.
The problem with Americans is that they have too short a memory.
The ad is two years old, but if anything, it's more powerful today, as the GOP has become too craven, too dysfunctional ideologically. Unfortunately, tomorrow 45% of the nation will vote for their craven, dysfunctional candidate anyway, with most of those are voting against their own interests. You can view that statistic a couple of different ways: a powerful indictment of what our nation has become, or how much power the mainstream media has in (dis)informing the public. It's frightening.
Now, I am not a pom pom waving dyed in the blue Dem. I voted for Obama (last week) because the alternative is much worse, and I still hope there will be something of a left turn the second time around. Compare to Clinton, whose second term was much stronger than his first one. But we can discuss my ideological views another time.
As those who read me know, I am no fan of the MSM, and certainly no fan of the MSM news media, or what constitutes "journalism" in their eyes these days. For this reason, I am a little weary of all the handwringing behind Decision 2012. OK, I'm a lot weary.
This was a pretty amusing sendup, catch it before B of A's lawyers put out a C&D letter on the owner of the website.
I was actually going to write today about the fake interview with the Colombian bar girl featured in the NYDN's account of the SS scandal (according to the Colombian MSM, the NYND's version was fiction), but I can't touch this, snark wise, and besides, this website probably is only going to be around for a few days, so enjoy.
Oh, yeah, almost forgot....you can make your testimonials on the site!
But I will make it really easy for you. Zimmerman is going to defend this case based on self-defense, the problem is the 911 tape clearly showed he stalked young Trayvon. He was told to stand down, and kept following him anyway. There are other problems of course, as ably pointed out by the O'Donnells and Blow, but this is the salient one.
When you're the aggressor, you can't plead self defense. It's like if you were one of the Menendez kids pleading for clemency because they're now orphans.
That's it, it's that simple. NEXT!!!!
So, why have there been no charges filed? Good question. See you after the jump.
Link is here. Expect LO to lead with this tonight, and be in full snarling attack pit bull mode. I'm going to keep it short and sweet for the following reasons:
1) Duh. This was no surprise to me. Especially since the CBC demanded an investigation last week.
2) Duh. The facts of what happened are really pretty clear cut. I mean, it's just blazing mid-day Sun on Mercury stupid (and Troubador can probably tell you exactly how hot that is, and maybe even how stupid in correlation) that charges have not been filed.
2a) Something is going on in Sanford regarding Zimmerman we don't know about yet, and it's going to be juicy.
3) LO and Charles Blow have done an outstanding job covering this. If they were state prosecutors, you would have never needed the DOJ-this investigation would have been over a long time ago.
3a) I also hear Anderson Cooper has done excellent work as well, but haven't seen any of it yet.
If you have read my posts, you know I have long said that Zimmerman should fear more the DOJ than the State of Florida. Reason is if he is convicted of civil rights violations, he'll not only serve a longer sentence, but he'll serve 85-90% of it.
I didn't really want to write about this, because it seems like half the free world is blogging about Paterno today. The other problem, like the late George Carlin would have noted, I'm the kind of guy who sees the glass neither as half empty nor as half full, but rather as one twice as big as it needs to be.
Below the jump, I'm going to discuss Paterno briefly, and move on to what I really want to talk about. It's something that transcends Paterno, and more succinctly the Penn State scandal itself.
In the last couple of weeks here, I've posted in several diaries that I fully expect to see riots here next summer, like the ones that took place in London, Manchester and Paris (and the peaceful demonstrations in Tel Aviv). Nothing has changed my mind about this...but after receiving an e mail from a good friend and professional colleague tonight, I'm only more convinced now the shit's going to hit the fan bigtime here next summer.
I was kind of surprised to receive the e mail because he doesn't complain too much about anything. His wife is a retired NY State employee, they do well, not as in previous years, but still good enough.
Or maybe I shouldn't have been surprised..because his eBay account (one of his "hobbies") is one of the highest rated, and he can't move anything these days. I mean, anything.
I'm at the airport in Detroit heading back west, I'm about to board my flight when I catch a couple minutes of the CNN GOP/TP debate playing on the monitors at the airport.
This was the only part of the debate I watched, no in flight entertainment on the plane, but I think it was all I needed to know (courtesy Youtube and TYT):
Now, I am pro death penalty, the teachings of 4th Century BC Chinese Legalist scholars Lao Tzu and Shang Yang work well for me, but this assumes a working system of justice, and not the mockery of one the US system has become (to be discussed below), and even then, I can't tell you how much I was embarrassed to be an American seeing this.
"This whole thing of this 'war on drugs' and the mass incarcerations that have happened pretty much for the last 40 years has just decimated the black male population," the filmmaker said on George ...
It's late and I'm feeling a tad nostalgic, so now that the elections are a thing of the oh so blissful past, I thought I'd take a moment to savor bid a political adieu to some of the more notorious ...
Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO -- *without the support of which MUCH OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN POLITICS IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD NOT HAPPEN* -- [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/...