Here’s reason #4,691 why you should never bother watching the Sunday talk shows on the tee vee machine.
This exchange occurred this weekend between republican hack and conservative mouthpiece Peggy Noonan — aka Our Lady Of The Magic Dolphins — and George Stephanopoulos as they discussed the indictment of Governor Goodhair down Texas way:
NOONAN: I think, yes, it was local Democratic overreach. It’s just a dumb case. I don’t think it should have been brought. Naturally he looks like someone who is…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But the prosecutor is a former Republican, I think.
NOONAN: That may be. But when you look at this case, it just looks crazy.
First of all, if Nooners hadn’t have scarfed down a quart of 90 proof liquid breakfast that morning she might have been sober enough to know that Democratic officials in Travis County recused themselves from the Perry case. Also, too: the prosecutor is a republican who worked in the administration of Bush the Elder and he was appointed to oversee the case by a republican judge.
In otherwords, there isn’t a fucking Democrat within a mile of this thing.
And heeeeelllllllooooo? What’s with the “I think” Georgie? If you don’t know then you have no business being on my tee vee machine discussing the “news”.
But as Charlie Pierce pointed out — the real art was in the “That may be. But when you look at this case, it just looks crazy.”
So she gets called out for abject bullshittery and yet she doesn’t curl up in a fetal ball of shame. NO! She blithely ignores the fact that she’s been shown to be a liar and a hack and goes on with an imperious, “That may be.”
And people say Fox News is bad.
A fascinating article from MJ on policing the police and the Public Defenders role in freeing those wrongly accused.
I had a friend in the Marine Corps when I was stationed in Spain named Kirk Bloodsworth. He was a bear of a guy and big sweetheart who before becoming a Marine had been an undertakers apprentice. He and I would frequently hang out and smoke hash with each other in my apartment overlooking the ocean and beach in Fuentebravia on our days off.
After getting out of the Marines Kirk was accused, and in 1985 convicted, of the rape and murder of a nine year old Maryland girl. He was sentenced to death — based largely upon the testimony of five eyewitnesses who placed him with the girl before the murder.
In 1993 Kirk was released from prison after becoming the first American ever to be exonerated of murder via the use of DNA evidence.
The real murderer was identified by the same DNA evidence and he confessed to having committed the murder.
Were it not for the then brand new science of DNA testing, Kirk could very well have been executed for a crime he did not commit.
And it is for this reason, as well as my belief that a civilized, democratic government has no fucking business executing its citizens, and that the police and prosecutors frequently lie and fabricate evidence, as is demonstrated in this article, that I am so passionately against the death penalty.