A long time ago, an actress went to North Vietnam. In the ensuing years, she has gone on to wealth and fame and high esteem in the eyes of those who were unmoved by her trip. But for those who saw her trip to visit the enemy for treason, it hasn’t been quite as fun of a journey. Now, Jane Fonda has issued what is being reported as an apology. So why is it that Veterans, both from the Vietnam War and after that, seem so unwilling to accept her purported apology? There is a reason, and it’s really not that complicated.
The Director for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was fired when his history of Tweets was uncovered and he was found to have made disparaging comments about pedophilia. Following his firing, the cast and crew of the film have made it clear that they want him rehired since his tweets were “jokes.”
Meanwhile, a young Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves comes without one out of a no-hitter on Sunday. Within seconds of the end of the game, his Twitter record is released and is full of disparaging comments and phrases about gays.
So what is it? Do we conduct a Twitterpast witch hunt every time somebody does something positive? Do we use the results of that hunt to destroy not just the accomplishment, but the future as well? Luckily, a US Senator has a plan…
SEGMENT – J’ACCUSE! (00:00)
In the great war, the use of WMD’s, specifically chemical weapons, emerged as a great threat. The truth is that Militarily, they were essentially useless. But what they really represented was the first application of the MAD theory. The only sure thing about he use of chemical weapons was that if you did not 100% annihilate the enemy, you would be hit right back with them. And in virtually every case, the only people who really suffered were the truly innocent.
Now, the latest WMD weapon in the political arsenal is the “Sexual Misconduct Charge.” It’s the new battlefield gas of both political and social weapons. and the only guarantee in using it, is that it will come back on the first side.
Let me say this… as of this recording, I have no clue if Roy Moore did or did not have inappropriate sexual contact with women – including a 14 year old, which – by definition (even in Alabama) – is inappropriate. If he did it, then let the damnation and consequences rain down upon him. I am no fan of the Judge, in fact, I hold that he is the very embodiment of everything that is wrong about the political hard right in America. But that’s my opinion. And my opinion of a person doesn’t change the rules. The presumption of innocence versus what we call “lashon hara,” literally, the evil tongue. Ask yourself a simple question: if YOU were to be accused of this, do you want your day in Court or in the Media?
He says that he didn’t do it.
You can choose to believe either side, it matters not to me. But you have to be careful of falling into the trap of conflating two separate issues: CAN he run for US senate versus SHOULD he run for US Senate. They are NOT the same question. And with just a few exceptions, virtually none of us live or vote in Alabama.
Despite the proclamations and lengthy explanations, none of us, not you, not me, not Shepherd Smith or even Gloria Allred, actually KNOWS what – if anything – happened.
Corey Feldman’s case went nowhere in Los Angeles, because there is basically no reliable way that would hold up in a Court of Law to show that it happened. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It means that any Defense Attorney with more than five minutes of training would have no problem at all slicing up the prosecutions case. And for the record, that’s the proper way of things. no prosecution should be a “slam dunk.” And without an admission of guilt, the accused has rights.
Where does that leave us? In a society where the simple act of “J’accuse!” is more damaging than an actual conviction. A society where simply saying that somebody is suspect – of anything – is enough to destroy them in the political, social and media arenas. Rightly or wrongly.
Shouldn’t that make us a little uncomfortable?
SEGMENT – MATHIS’S 100,000 (28:39)
USA Today reported this week that the US Army has decided – I am not making this up – to lift the ban on giving waivers for recruits with mental health issues. Now before you get hyper, we’ve done this before. Also, the Army says, No we’re not…”
Like most things though, the devil is in the details. The most important of which is why make any change at all?
♦ARMY TO LIFT BAN ON RECRUITS WITH SOME MENTAL ISSUES (USA Today November 12, 2017)
SEGMENT – THE MOST AMAZING PICTURE (46:17)
The middle of November was among the darkest of days for the US Navy. Just two days earlier, a massive defeat – one of the worst in US Navy history – had imperiled the tenuous invasion of Guadalcanal. Two Admirals were dead, ships had been lost, and the Sullivan brothers had gone down with their ship. Now, on the afternoon of the 14th of November, into what would come to be called Iron Bottom Sound, sailed two American battleships, the USS Washington and the USS South Dakota, along with five destroyers. They were tasked with stopping the Japanese Navy from destroying Henderson Field and ending the US attempt to hold the island of Guadalcanal. The Naval Battle for Guadalcanal would start at around 2230 that evening..
It was the ultimate winner take all moment. And one ship would stand above all of them…
SEGMENT – Why the NFL Players Aren’t Wrong But Aren’t Right
The common retort to those who complain about the kneeling NFL players is that “they have a 1st Amendment right” and if you oppose them, you hate the Constitution. The problem with that line of thought is that the people opposing the players also have a 1st Amendment right. but how many of them can do what the players are doing and get away with it?
SEGMENT – Kennedy and the 50 Yard Line Prayer
Former Bremerton High School Football Coach Joe Kennedy has appealed his case to the 9th Circuit asking for an en banc hearing after a three Judge panel ruled that his prayers were an unconstitutional act of establishment. He argues that the ruling de facto says that school teachers have no 1st Amendment rights.
SEGMENT – “Russia” and the American Election(s)
Facebook has said that it will release the ads which it says came from Russia and deal with” social and political” issues. But the statement Facebook released raises as many questions as it answers…
SEGMENT – Vietnam
Ken Burns newest documentary is well underway, and looks at the Vietnam War. There have been many reviews of it that are good and bad, some of them quite emphatic.