Monday, August 19, 2013

Last Call For Everybody Involved Being Wrong

After 24 hours of outrage over Glenn Greenwald's partner being detained at Heathrow Airport for 9 hours, BooMan sums it up best:

Can't we agree that it's way over the top to use a terrorism statute to detain someone who has no ties to terrorism and also fault Greenwald for senselessly telling everyone that his partner was working with him to secure stolen documents?  

Sure, but that would be, you know, both logical and correct.  Ain't nobody got time for dat!

Ray Of Total Destruction

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, the scuzzbag behind NYPD's now unconstitutional stop and frisk program, actually had the unmitigated gall to defend the program on Meet The Press Sunday, using the logic that if the program was stopped, well, black people are going to die.

“The stark reality is that violence is happening disproportionately in minority communities,” Kelly told NBC host David Gregory on Sunday. “We have record-low numbers of murders in New York City, record-low numbers of shootings. We’re doing something right to save lives. Last year, as I said, we had a record low in numbers of murders. This year, we’re running 30 percent below that.”

“I understand the sensitivity of it,” the commissioner added. “It — very important in the African-American community. I would also submit, though, that the Trayvon Martin case is a little bit different. These are two civilians. There clearly was a tragedy, but it didn’t involve sworn police officers.”

If a program like stop-and-frisk is abandoned, will people die?” Gregory wondered. 

“No question about it, violent crime will go up,” Kelly agreed

Because, well, Trayvon Martin will happen again and again, and if you don't let the NYPD treat all minorities as pre-criminals, well, somebody's going to get shot when these savage, inhuman thugs escape their cages.

Ray Kelly just disqualified himself from ever holding a law enforcement job again, frankly.  I pray that whomever replaces Mike Bloomberg in NYC as Mayor takes their first day on the job to make a city-wide holiday of firing Ray Kelly's ass, complete with balloons for the kids.  I'm hoping that someone is Bill de Blasio, by the way.

And yes, If President Obama somehow nominates this racist assclown as Homeland Security head, I'll lose my stuff.  With the ruling against stop and frisk, it's not going to happen however.

And that's good thing.

Mooseiah Complex

Always Wrong Bill Kristol seems to think that in 2014 if Sarah Palin runs for and wins the Senate seat currently held by Alaska Democrat Mark Begich, all will be forgiven in his eyes.

“I was for taking the gamble of putting her on the ticket, I don’t think it hurt the ticket in 2008,” Kristol explained. “I think her stepping down as governor of Alaska was a big problem. People don’t like to see a candidate, a governor, an executive — absent some medical reason or whatever — just leave office early. And she had been a good governor — incidentally — of Alaska until then. So, I think that is something, I think, she has to recover from in terms of being a serious leader in the party. Still has a lot of loyalty, still can shape the debate, she still has a great political touch.”

“I think the way Palin would possibly resurrect herself — if that’s the right word or rehabilitate herself, I think is a better way of putting it — run for Senate in Alaska in 2014,” he continued. “I’m not urging that. I’m just saying, if I were her adviser, I would say, ‘Take on the incumbent, you have to win a primary, then you have to beat an incumbent Democrat, it’s not easy.’”

But if she did that, suddenly — if you can imagine that,” Kristol added, smiling. “Sarah Palin, freshman senator, January 2015 in Washington having beaten an incumbent. That would be pretty interesting.”

Sure, in the same way bubonic plague, nuclear waste sites, and telemarketer conventions are "interesting".  Kristol's not completely moronic, he wants the GOP to win back the Senate and Begich's seat is a big part of getting to 51.  He also knows that Sarah Palin has a better chance of winning -- or at least drawing national attention and fundraising millions -- than our old friend Human Disaster Area Joe Miller:  terrible at math, even worse at campaigning, quick on the trigger to assault journalists and bloggers who ask too many questions, and a sore-ass loser.  Miller's 2010 campaign against Lisa Murkowski was legendarily bad, and he's somehow running against Begich in 2014.

Despite Palin's approval rating in Alaska somewhere around the level of Milwaukee's Best beer, and the fact she'd lose to Begich by double digits, Miller would find a way to lose by triple digits.  So yeah, Moose Lady is the GOP's best shot in Honey Caribou Boo land.

That's the hook Bill Kristol is hanging his hat on.  It'll fall off halfway through, of course.


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