We talk about a lot of serious stuff here and every now and then it’s good to stop back and enjoy something.

Something like the movie The World’s End.

This movie is now available on demand and will be over the next few months going though the pay cable channels.

This picture is tightly scripted, well edited, fast paced, well acted and one of the funniest things you’ll ever see.

it’s considered the 3rd of a trilogy of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz which contain many of the same actors and writers but are not actually connected in terms of the story.

The basic plot, a man whose life has been one large disappointment looks fondly back on the best day of his life when he and four pals tried and failed to complete the “golden mile” twelve pubs in a 1 mile area with a pint in every pub.

Two decades later he talks, tricks and cajoles his friends to go back to their home town to give it another shot.

About a 1/3 of the way through the movie it takes an incredible twist that turns the trip into a fight for survival. but that doesn’t sway them from their quest.

Like my Cousin Vinny this is the type of movie that is so good that it can be watched over and over again and it simply doesn’t get old.

So if you’ve had your fill of ISIS, Ray Rice, Breitbart audits etc etc and just want to forget it a day, sit down and watch The World’s end and enjoy a some laughter, it’s the best medicine.

Final thought (contains a spoiler so don’t click more if you don’t want to see it) Continue reading “The World’s End a bit of Fun”

John Hinderaker summarizes

Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, has subjected Governor Scott Walker and nearly every conservative group in Wisconsin to a four-year campaign of harassment in the form of a “John Doe” investigation that has now been branded as illegal and enjoined by a federal judge. That case is on appeal

Under Wisconsin law, a “John Doe” is essentially a gag order, since it allows prosecutors, with a judge’s approval, to require complete secrecy from all involved. It has the effect of preventing targets or witnesses from publicly defending themselves or responding to damaging leaks.

Stuart Taylor, Jr. of the American Media Institute reports that the District attorney’s wife drove case against Wis. Gov. Walker, insider says

Now a longtime Chisholm subordinate reveals for the first time in this article that the district attorney may have had personal motivations for his investigation. Chisholm told him and others that Chisholm’s wife, Colleen, a teacher’s union shop steward at St. Francis high school, a public school near Milwaukee, had been repeatedly moved to tears by Walker’s anti-union policies in 2011, according to the former staff prosecutor in Chisholm’s office. Chisholm said in the presence of the former prosecutor that his wife “frequently cried when discussing the topic of the union disbanding and the effect it would have on the people involved … She took it personally.”

Eric O’Keefe, one of the directors of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, has argued that the investigation violates First Amendment protections on free speech.

Guy Benson agrees, and links to former FEC official Hans Von Spakovsky, who (emphasis added)

Last week, I joined three other former members of the Federal Election Commission in filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief for the organizations unfairly targeted. Based on our extensive experience interpreting federal campaign finance law, we argue that issue advocacy is at the core of our rights to free speech, to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

To allow an investigation of issue advocacy based simply on allegations of collaboration between elected officials and the public would chill core political speech. The right of citizens and their membership associations to directly engage elected leaders is all the more important on politically charged questions of public policy. Such collaboration is the norm in the political arena, where there is extensive interaction between citizens groups and elected officials about proposed legislation. In fact, such coordination is vital to a functioning democracy.

The Left is engaging in a campaign to criminalize political disagreement; whether that conflicts with civil liberties doesn’t matter to them. After all, they are guided by rule #12:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  So what do you say?”  They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.  But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them,

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.  And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.

So he was left alone with the woman before him  Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

 She replied, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8:4-11

As I said this morning a lot of folks are beating their breasts in pride that Ray Rice has gotten his just deserts being banished from the job even though most of them knew the reality of what happened as soon as the 1st video was released.

While everyone is in such a rush to congratulate themselves on their own righteousness the desires of Mrs. Rice who had this to say:

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote.

She called the attention to their Feb. 15 fight in the Revel Casino Hotel “unwanted.”

“To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his a.. off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE!” she wrote.

Now there are several ways to look at Mrs. Rice.

The first is to wonder if this was all about a meal ticket.  Most people in general and most women in particular have a dislike of being knocked flat.  One might thing that such an action would cause a person to say, I’ve had enough.  But the prospect of an NFL star with a paycheck in the millions would likely be a good long term plan for a comfortable life and it the cost of said life is a single (or even multiple blows) she might have considered that acceptable given the benefits.

It would explain her actions to protect her husband.  Anything that prevents him from being on a football field is contrary to the meal ticket and must be fought and the league and team wanting to protect a valuable commodity would happily go along.

People don’t like this possibility as it turns her victimhood into a source of irony however if this is the case then the suspension of Ray Rice and the prospect of him never seeing a job better than $10 an hour is an ironic twist, whereby she traded her dignity for a cash reward and now it’s gone for nothing.

The second possibility is she is a sucker in love, attracted to a man who treats her awful and is simply no good for her.  If that is the case one beating or 100 beating wouldn’t make a difference, she would stand by her man.

This would also explain her actions, self destructive people make bad choices and her defense of her man could be the same bad choice that many people in abusive relationships make and since her enabling also served the leagues’ purposes they went along.

This is a stereotype that a lot of people wish to see because if this is the case, all that is done to her husband, even if it costs them everything they have is worth it in the minds of those who are pressing this issue to make the example and save her from herself.  Oh how people wish that to be the case.

There is however one way that might actually make sense that a lot of people don’t’ want to consider.  They are a normal couple that had an extreme moment of crisis.  Most people have various problems but there are times in a relationship where one or both people do things they regret and the people in either take the easy route and split or take the more difficult road deciding to work it through.

There is every possibility that this is the case.  It like the first two would also fit the events.

They decide to stick it out and put this behind them, they ask the league and the cops to go each for the sake of making it work and both decide either for their own purposes or because they actually want to help (or both) to go along, so he takes the non-fatal hit to his career and they do their best to mend fences.

This is the nightmare situation for the public and the self righteous, because if this is the case all their seeming self serving help is only serving to hurt people trying to get through a tough time.

 

All of these explanations are plausible, to the best of my knowledge all fit the known facts and there might be 4 or five other possible combinations that could be played.  The truth is I suspect there are less than 4 people in the world who actually know which one is true and none of them are reporting on this story.

That being the case,it might be a good idea for everyone to take a deep breath and make sure we do the right thing and not just what serves our own egos, just as soon as we can figure out exactly what it is.

And if we err (and we likely will) on whose side do we err, on our or our causes side or the person we are supposedly protecting?

As we prepare to watch Barack Obama detail his plans for ISIS while the sports media continues to go all in on Ray Rice it’s worth noting the factor that is driving both stories.

When the charges against Ray Rice were dropped and the NFL decided to suspend him for two days everyone had seen the first video of Mr. Rice dragging his soon to be wife out of an elevator.

There was no question in anyone’s mind that Rice had knocked her out. The Police knew it, the NFL knew it and the Baltimore Ravens knew it, the public knew it and the media knew it.

Yet the certain knowledge that an all pro 200+ pound man floored his wife to be just didn’t cut it to the authorities in the state, the Ravens or the NFL.  Their decisions drew a critique but the NFL, the Ravens and the Police stood pat happy to stay where they were.

Just like the Obama administration and ISIS

For months reports were coming out of Syria & Iraq of atrocities being committed by the Islamists of ISIS  on helpless people in Syria & Iraq.

Refugees pouring out of the area told stories about it, the media saw and sometimes wrote reports on it, bloggers online discussed it (some demanding action) and on a daily basis the White House received intelligence on what ISIS was doing and who they were doing it to.

Yet with all of this knowledge the president and his administration had, no matter how many times the president was briefed on ISIS and no matter how many civilians were being killed and displaced the administration could ignore it and the press would let it go.

Both in the in the Rice case and in the ISIS case the decision makers knew the horrible extent of what was going on, but didn’t want to act and as long as there was the least bit of ambiguity in the minds of the public as to just what these actions meant, they were content to give lip service to justice and go on their way…

…then came the videos and it all changed.

Once the pictures were seen by the general public and there was no way to spinning or euphemize what was going inaction became impossible.

The NFL’s Ravens and Obama didn’t act because what they now knew was any more horrible than when they ignored or downplayed it,  they acted because they could not pretend their inaction or indifference was driven by ignorance.

Their flexibility in the face of injustice was gone.

Ray Rice and ISIS might be getting what’s coming to them, but don’t think for one moment it’s because those who had the power to dispense justice wished to do so.  The NFL , The Ravens and the President aren’t acting to protect women or children, they are acting to protect their own reputations.

Nothing more.

Update: As the new iPhone is released here is a thought, If smartphones existed in 1969 & Mary Jo Kopechne had one with video on as she drowned does Ted Kennedy get elected after 1969?

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