Archive for August 20, 2012
Last night I made dinner, washed the dishes, walked our dogs, watered my perennial bed and fell into bed.
Given Tagg Romney’s WTF caption here, does he think this is what all moms and dads do on a Sunday night?
We saw the blue color from miles away. It was an iceberg made of dense ice, an impossible color beneath a leaden sky. I went to the bridge and cajoled the captain to take us in for a closer look. Astonishingly, he did.
As we approached this tower of blue, we spotted the penguins sitting on top. They were Chinstraps who had chosen this iceberg as the place to suffer through their annual molt, thatawkward time every year when penguins must grow new feathers to replace their old ones. It is a time when they cannot swim, and cannot eat, and essentially can’t do anything but stand around for weeks looking miserable.Yet although these may have been unhappy penguins, I was delighted to have them to provide a sense of scale for this magnificent iceberg. It was only after we sailed away that I began to wonder: “how did they get up there in the first place?”
Remember Chavis Carter? He’s the young African-American man who police frisked twice but who somehow managed to allegedly shoot himself in the head while sitting in handcuffs in the back of a Jonesboro, Arkansas police car.
It’s official. Carter’s death has been ruled a suicide:
An Arkansas medical examiner has ruled that Chavis Carter, the 21-year-old man killed by a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car, committed suicide.
According to the report by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Stephen A. Erickson of the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the bullet that killed Carter entered his skull near his right temple, four inches from the top of his head.
“At the time of discharge, the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp,” wrote Erickson.
He went on to state that, “The manner of death is based on both autopsy findings and the investigative conclusions of the Jonesboro Police Department.”
Carter’s family and others have questioned the police story, claiming that Carter was not suicidal and questioning whether it would have been physically possible to retrieve a concealed weapon and shoot himself in the head while handcuffed and seated.
So, “the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp” and that “proves” it was a suicide? How about gunshot residue on Carter’s hand(s)?
I don’t believe it. I think it’s physically impossible to shoot yourself in the head while sitting on your handcuffed hands in the back seat of a car.
Feeling kind of sorry for Republicans today. If they don’t know how babies are made, issues like climate change and budgets and running countries might be too tough for them altogether.
Someone sent me a link to this New York Times article titled, G.O.P. Packaging Seeks to Reveal a Warm Romney. When I clicked on it I just happened to notice the line in the address bar reflected a different title: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/us/politics/romney-campaign-works-feverishly-to-project-relaxed-image.html?_r=1
When that happens it means the author saved the post for the first time giving it the title: Romney Campaign Works Feverishly to Project Relaxed Image but somewhere along the line changed it to G.O.P. Packaging Seeks to Reveal a Warm Romney.
Guess the editors thought the first version was a little too honest.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is out with “hotline numbers” in both Tampa and Charlotte to be used by reporters who might be arrested at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions:
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has established local hotline numbers in Tampa and Charlotte for reporters and photographers who may be arrested while covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. This free service has been provided by the Reporters Committee during every election cycle since 1972.
The Reporters Committee also is distributing a flier about the hotline both in the convention press rooms, on the Reporters Committee website, and through its recently launched Reporters Committee First Aid mobile app. The flier reviews preparations to cover protests as well as what journalists should expect if they are arrested or prevented from covering news.
Local hotline numbers and partner law firms are:
Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla.
- Hotline: 813-984-3076 or 813-984-3078
- Legal Counsel: Thomas & LoCicero PL
Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, N.C.
- Hotline: 704-343-2063; backup numbers 704-904-5834 or 919-428-5883
- Legal Counsel: McGuireWoods LLP
“It’s unfortunate, but we have seen an undeniable increase over the years in the need for the information fliers and the hotline services,” said Reporters Committee Interim Executive Director Gregg P. Leslie.
Journalists are asked to call the local numbers if they are arrested or experience other problems with law enforcement officials. Issues with credentialing or access should be referred to the main hotline.
Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail.
Yep. This is what it’s come to.
Phyllis Diller died today at the age of 95.
You had a good run Phyllis and you always made me laugh. Thank you.