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.
Recent internet memes have taken aim at the Vietnam era “Conscientious Objector” status which was sought by Senator Bernie Sanders. Whether you believe that a person should have military experience to be Commander in chief or not, this particular discussion revolves more around something that Sanders’ campaign said about his request during the Vietnam War and what they have said about his positions currently.
Additionally, there are some rather… well… curious issues with his claim to begin with. For starters, Bernie Sanders was married in 1964 (making him a Kennedy Husband?), which, should have kept him out of the draft until the end of August, 1965 when President Johnson eliminated the marriage exemption. This would have left Sanders eligible for the draft from September 1965 until his 26th Birthday on September 8th, 1967, a window of two years.
If we are going to judge candidates by what they have said and done in the past and not what they say they will do in the future (and seriously, why would we ever even consider doing that?), we might have to take Bernie at his word. The problem is that if we do, we find out that he really is all about somebody else footing the bill… for everything, including his liberty and freedom.
But if, on the other hand, there was validity to his claim during the Vietnam War AND his claim today, then we quickly see an even bigger problem with the entire idea of politicians and power.