News Of The Day *Open Thread*
There are all kinds of things happening today. One catching a lot of air time is Wisconsin County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. putting out a PSA to the residents of his county. The following clip also has responses by a gun instructor, and an anti-violence advocate:
Wowie zowie. The Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, is none too pleased with this PSA, either, I might add. He, too, claims this will make people vigilantes, and claimed this about Sheriff Clark:
[...]Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett lashed out at the ad. His office said in a statement: “Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.”[...]
To that assertion, Sheriff Clark said this:
“Personally I’ve never seen the Dirty Harry movie — but if that’s all the mayor can come up with, that’s pretty weak,” he said. “I think that what’s going on in the city of Milwaukee on his watch is kind of, you know — it looks like he doesn’t have much to say, he doesn’t have much to offer and that’s okay.
“My job is to protect the public,” he said. [...](Click here to read the rest.)
I didn’t think this was what the Sheriff was saying at all, a call to be a vigilante or “Dirty Harry.” Rather that in one’s own home, one needed to be willing, and able, to protect oneself. And as I have said, personally, guns scare me. But if you are going to be a gun owner, I sure as hell want you to take a class on firearm safety. Anyway, how did you take the sheriff’s comments?
Another big story today is, of course, the interview with President Obama and Secretary Clinton, if one can really call it an “interview.” Judging form the comments by Democratic pundit Kirsten Powers, I would say not. Powers was on “America’s Newsroom” this morning in a panel with Tucker Carlson, moderated by Martha McCallum. McCallum asked about the lack of questions asked by Kroft of Clinton and Obama. In response, Powers said this:
“I mean, it really was something you would expect from a State-run media. It was that level of, uh, propaganda, as far as I am concerned. First of all, “60 Minutes” was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement, which, if they are okay with that, then okay…”
She went on from there, and really hammered “60 Minutes” for a pathetic level of journalism from a program that is considered fairly good in terms of investigations. She specifically mentioned the claim by Obama – again – that Al Qaeda is being dismantled, when it CLEARLY is not. Here is the link to view the video of the discussion this morning with Powers, Carlson, and McCallum.
Heck, even on the same program, the difference was highlighted between the complete softball lobbing by Kroft, and the segment on Lance Armstrong. Don’t take my word for it. Here is the link to the “60 Minutes” interview with Clinton and Obama, and here is a link to the preview of the Armstrong discussion with Travis Tygert, CEO of USADA.
Just from that brief clip, you can see there is a WORLD of difference between how the two interviews went. One was hard hitting, the other was a love fest. Oh, and not for nothing, but for Hillary Clinton to claim that she couldn’t figure out were they were so really different was a slap in the face to those of us who supported her, worked for her tirelessly, gave her tons of money, endured numerous verbal attacks, some physical, and more. Seriously? No real differences?? Hell, even Steve Kroft made this comment:
[...]I spent time with both of you in the 2008 campaign. That was a very tough, bitter race. And I’m going to spare you reading some of the things that you said about each other during that campaign….]
Uh, yeah, no duh! It was bitter, contentious, and there was a WORLD of difference between the two candidates.
I sure as hell hope she’s not counting on people like me to support her should she run in 2016, because it ain’t gonna happen. She caved, to the DNC, and to Obama, the man who treated her in an incredibly sexist fashion, stole her policies for his own (with the aid of the MSM), called her AND her husband RACISTS, and so much more. Never mind that we were just a TAD upset when the DNC stole lawfully cast votes for her and gave them to Obama, or when Donna Brazile claimed they were going to do the nuclear option with Florida to ENSURE Clinton didn’t get the numbers she needed, or when the DNC ignored the rampant caucus fraud, especially in Texas, and on and on I could go. But to essentially dismiss all of the crap we took in 2008, all of the support and hard work by so many of, to now claim there were no real differences is just insulting. And revisionist.
On another note, Monday marks the 27th anniversary of the Challenger Shuttle disaster. A sad day, indeed, as we remember those astronauts who were lost. May we always remember them, remember their service, their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their families…
And now, I turn it over to you. What’s on your minds today?