Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Im Westen Nicht Neues

The Usual Suspects

News -- On The March !!
  • Little Glenn Beck: I Not Dead! I Prove!
    Little Glenny, five years old and having lost even more viewing audience share following his dismissal parting ways from The Little Goebbels Rupert Network, now says the world is ending, again.

    Next week, in fact: The dirty hippies camped near Wall Street are going to do Bad Things. Unspeakable Things. Because they are dirty, and hippies, and anarchists and revolutionaries and listen to Groin Musik.

    Glenny has "verified" that there will "be an attack on Wall Street, next week", and urged all of his radio show listeners (three of them, and a semi-deaf Parakeet) to stockpile food and water, and to have cash on hand for the inevitable Ragnarok and Armageddon which will follow (I don't know about you, but I've always assumed the End Of Civilization would be on a pay-as-you-go basis).

    In his desperation to appear relevant to anyone and anything, Glenny Bubbled:

    ...Gang, may I warn you, again -- we are in for trouble, and I fear it is close. Ah; I will give you, um, some information that has been -- uh, come to my attention, today; Ammm, that, ah, I don't know if it's credible, or not. It has been verified, ahhh -- not by me -- it's coming from the right sources, it appears; and these people have credibility, who are releasing this information; and it is about an attack on Wall Street, next week.

    ... Ahhhhh, I don't know what that means, exactly; that the Unions will join this movement down on Wall Street tomorrow -- they are starting this movement in Washington, D.C., and all over; do not dismiss them. if you have money in the stock market... may I just recommend that you have some cash, uh, handy -- that you have your food and everything else ready.

    I hope to god that none of this stuff happens. But you, uh, have people who are anarchists, revolutionaries, intent upon collapsing the system... and I will share with you at the top of the hour a threat that you should take seriously.

    One thing I can say -- Little Glenn doesn't know how to speak to a radio audience. He doesn't. He doesn't modulate his voice; it's a droning near-monotone. And every third word is separated from the next by, "Ahhh" and "Uh", and "Umm" -- it's one of the basic lessons in Junior Broadcaster's School that you try to eliminate those bad sounds from your shtick, because they make you sound like a Moron.

    Beck also said something about "The Parakeet doesn't care," but I could be wrong about that.

  • Chris Christie May Have Coupon For Free Liposuction
    In an announcement yesterday in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie sat down with the press to announce that he was not throwing his supersized underwear in the ring in a bid for the Rethug nomination for president.

    Telling America, "Now is not the time", sitting down with members of the media, the chair underneath the Governor was heard to say, in a West Orange accent, "Hey Hey Hey; get offa me".

    Josh Marshall at TPM has noted
    A few times this year we've mentioned the 'Murdoch Primary', the all important race to get the support of Rupert Murdoch, various minions and capos of the Murdoch organization and of course the editorial support of Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and so many other publications.

    Chris Christie, in case you didn't notice, was being backed in a big, big way by Murdoch, Ailes and the rest. So he wasn't just winning the Murdoch primary. He was the product of the Murdoch primary, you might even say a failed Murdoch/Newscorp effort to pull off a leveraged buy out of the GOP nominating process.

  • Amanda Knox, Stylishly Dressed, Returns Home
    Justice was once again served, with an apple in its mouth; unfortunately, Commissario Guido Brunetti or Salvo Montalbano were not available to handle the investigation of the case in which American Amanda Knox and her boyfriend were accused of brutally killing Knox's roommate two years ago. The case against her, and the (former) boyfriend, overturned after two years in an Italian prison, Amanda flew home to Seattle. The New York Times noted
    The Knox family hired a public relations company specializing in crisis management soon after Ms. Knox was arrested in 2007 during her junior year abroad in Perugia, accused along with two men of killing her housemate, Meredith Kercher, during a sexual attack...

    At one point a Seattle judge was admonished for using court stationery to write to Italian officials on her behalf. And Senator Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, championed her case, reaching out to both American and Italian officials...

    In some respects, her supporters had their work cut out for them. The crime Ms. Knox had been accused and eventually convicted of was lurid, her statements to the police were inconsistent and DNA evidence presented at trial seemed to link her to the brutal killing...

    But by the time she was freed from an Italian prison on Monday, her public portrayal was very different: Many media accounts in the United States, at least, portrayed Ms. Knox as a nice young woman, a linguistics major at the University of Washington, who had fallen victim to the Italian justice system while on her junior year abroad.

    No one can say for sure whether the painstaking and calculated rehabilitation of her image helped sway the Italian courts. Ultimately, it was an official report casting doubt on the DNA evidence in the case that led to her exoneration.

    Over the past four years, the case had turned into a predictable circus, and tried in the media -- and, Italians love a good Opera; you only have to sing the right songs and the audience will be on its feet.

    Amanda's roommate is still dead. There are no other suspects, but on an evening in Perugia in 2007, out of a group of four people, one ended up dead. What actually happened? The victim is still dead -- but, Justice is so passe these days; I guess no one cares, really. And Amanda does seem like such a nice young lady.

    And, Italy is a country that can't even get rid of an Oligarch Prime Minister who treats government as an adjunct to doing business. Italian officials have indicated they will appeal the court's decision, but I feel it's doubtful that Ms. Knox would return to Italy voluntarily to stand trial, again. So no one should be surprised.