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“MAKING A MURDERER” REVISITED: PART I

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THE CURIOUS PROSECUTIONS OF STEVEN AVERY AND BRENDAN DASSEY: THE QUESTIONS REMAIN

PART I 
While a bunch of “Breaking News” headlines lately – Snowzilla, Zika virus, Donald Trump, Malheur Standoff, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump, Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump – have dominated the news cycles of late, I’m still stuck on the Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer.” I’ve just completed by second round through it and I have to say that my views have changed.  More about this later.


Here’s the latest about Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.An article in the January 25, 2016 issue of the New Yorker magazine entitled “Dead Certainty: How Making a Murderer Goes Wrong” authored by Kathryn Schulz [ DEAD CERTAINTY ] is one of a series of pushback pieces concerning the convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halbach.I also heard a WBUR discussion the other day that also pushes back against the authors of “Making a Murderer.”To my mind, the Schulz article is as one…

ROGUE GOVERNMENT AGENCY EXPPOSED

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THE "PROTECT AMERICA'S CONSUMERS" ORGANIZATION IS WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO EXPOSE GOVERNMENT WASTE AND FRAUD

If you recall it is was Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-M) who, after the biggest worldwide economic collapse in 2008 since the Great Depression, worked tirelessly to establish the Federal consumer watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, designed to give us Main Streeters some protection against the excesses of the Unfettered Free Market system whose excesses we suffer from every day.  In fact, if you recall, she was designated by President Obama to head up the agency but her nomination was withdrawn due to vociferous Republican, Wall Street, and Banking industry antipathy.  Then, of course, she ran for the Senate from her home state of Massachusetts and won.

And, if you recall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was set up so that it was insulted from Congressional meddling, not of course, that anything like this has happened in our history.

But…

"HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY LEFT?"

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WHEN LIES AND PROPAGANDA RULE

It was 1954 and our new 12" black and white television had just been delivered.  After my dad installed the antenna on the roof, fiddled with the controls, we switched it on and my first TV exposure was the Army-McCarthy hearings then taking place in Congress.  For those of you who don't know who Joseph McCarthy(R-WI) was, at the time he was the junior Senator from Wisconsin (Yes, the same state that today brings us Scott Walker - some things never change.) and the Red Menace (not to be confused with our current Red State Menace) was sweeping the country like an unchecked Ebola plague.  Communism, it was alleged, was rotting the country from within and was destroying America.  



Following World War II with the occupation of Eastern Europe by the Soviet Union and the takeover by the Communists in China, the House Un-American Activities Committee began a series of hearings to ferret out avowed Communists in, first the Army, but quickly expanding to th…

AMIDST THE FLUFF AND BLATHER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE, ONE CANDIDATE HAS SOME WORTHWHILE EXPERIENCE

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Hillary Clinton Was Right On Egypt


[NOTE:  In the continuing mess that is the Middle East (ISIS gaining/losing ground depending on who's blog you peruse, Syrian cities being wiped off the map by all seven sides, Iran continuing to develop it's nuclear arms or not depending on which "news" articles you're reading on any given day, the continuing devolution of Libya into several thousand warring militia-dominated plantations) plus recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the US and daily in Iraq and Afghanistan, we often forget about one of the most singular events in modern history that largely served as the starting gun for the current situation in the Middle East:  The Arab Spring.  Kicked-off in Tunisia in 2011 over the suicide of a young vegetable seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, on the streets of Tunis, the Jasmine Revolution led to the downfall of the government of  Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and the wave of revolutionary fervor spread like wildfire from Tunisia to Egypt to…

HOW DONALD TRUMP GOT TO WHERE HE IS TODAY

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Rush Limbaugh’s pathetic Trump freakout tells you everything you need to know about modern conservatism The right-wing huckster tried to pin blame for the Donald on Barack Obama earlier this week. Sorry, but no  BOB CESCA TUESDAY, JAN 26, 2016 02:35 PM EST
[NOTE:  I think this is by far the best analysis of why Donald Trump is leading the Republican pack today and not just because I've been saying the very same things for years!] The party of personal responsibility continues to blame everyone except itself for the ascendancy of Donald Trump. This comes as no surprise, given how the GOP collectively lacks the self-awareness to grasp that its years-long strategy of blurting superficial, often racially-tainted patriotic memes, while encouraging pervasive anti-Obama hatemongering over serious policy initiatives. Long gone are the days when Republican leaders reached across the aisle to get things done in a divided government, replaced by inchoate rage amplified by the knee-jerk derangement…