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  •  I happened to catch him yesterday (Apr 24) (1+ / 0-)
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    He had Tom Brokaw and another (black) journalist on (don't know his name), discussing the bombing campaign in Alabama in 1963.  They were comparing the "War on Terror" and bomings, anthrax-laced letters, etc. over the past few years with Alabama in 1963.

    Joe was "incredulous" that there were 50 bombings that year in Birmingham, a US city.  He was futher shocked, and "couldn't believe it", especially as an alumnus of the University of Alabama in the early 1970s!  It was all integrated, and EVERYTHING when he went there!  

    Nearly challenged the veracity of Tom Brokaw and the black journalist, nearly doubting their word, until they insisted several times it was true.  The two journalists called it "domestic terror" or a "bombing campaign", and Joe nearly did not believe it had actually happened.  

    Ignoramus.

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 06:55:53 AM PDT

    •  I heard that too, but.... (1+ / 0-)
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      now note, I don't like Joe.  He is my 2nd least favorite person on that show after Mika.  But I thought people missed his point.

      He started that comment with "Thats like another world to me." Joe was born in 1963.  His comment was "That's hard to believe" and he was trying to make some kind of "look at how different it is now" or "how far things have come since then" point, which is not all that poignant or relevant and he made it badly on top of that.

      What he should have said to that other guy on the set when he was talking about hard that is to believe was "If I would have asked you, 5 minuted before Brokaw came on the set, to name an American City that suffered 50 bomb attacks in a single year, would you have said 'Birmingham - 1963'?"

      I know I wouldn't have.  I know my history, I know about the Civil Rights movement and burned and destroyd churches and Birmingham's role as an focal point, but fifty bombs?  My eyes opened up a bit on that stat as well.

      Its not that I thought Brokaw was lying ... it was just hard to believe a single city was hit by 50 bombs in a year.  

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 07:07:54 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, and it's true perspective is everything (1+ / 0-)
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        murrayewv

        I am actually a bit older than Joe, so I guess I  thought he knew his histroy, but it's clearly not first-hand for him.

        A lesson for me as time passes: folks don't always even know about the facts, much less what to make of them.

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:56:19 AM PDT

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