A couple of days ago Karl Rove, also known as Bush’s brain, insinuated that Hillary Clinton had a brain injury. We have now officially entered the silly season. This is the season before the presidential campaign really starts, yet everybody knows some of the candidates who are running. Therefore, some “pundits” believe they’re able to say anything and everything in order to build up or tear down a particular candidate. As far as I know, there’s no evidence that Hillary Clinton has brain damage. If Karl Rove has some evidence that Hillary Clinton has a traumatic brain injury – show me. There’s plenty of evidence that Karl Rove is delusional and will say anything in order to gain an upper hand. Let’s remember Karl Rove’s meltdown during the 2012 election coverage as Fox News was beginning to call the presidential campaign for Barack Obama. It was epic.
Sometimes, when you’re in a bad situation, the best thing to do is to sit back and watch of events unfold. Some people simply can’t help themselves. They have to do something. Donald Sterling appears to be in this latter group. For those of you who don’t remember, Donald Sterling is the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was recorded saying some deeply offensive, racially charged gobbledygook. In relatively short order, the National Basketball Association suspended Donald Sterling and basically excommunicated him from the NBA. So, after approximately two weeks of silence, and in my opinion two weeks of practicing a response, Donald Sterling goes on CNN and sits down with Anderson Cooper. He starts off with an obligatory apology that Paula Deen would be very proud of. He is bordering on tears. Then, as self-confident blowhards tend to do, they wander off script. Anderson Cooper begins to ask him questions about Magic Johnson and the 2000-year-old billionaire begins to answer these questions off-the-cuff. When you have a plantation mentality and you are first-class jerk, you say stupid things. Stupid things began to fall out of his mouth.
From CNN: “What kind of guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then goes and catches H.I.V.? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background.”
Really? This guy is a lawyer. Magic Johnson had sex with every girl, in every city? The insinuation is crazy. It’s even worse to say that Magic Johnson should be defined by this single act. He could be defined by the fact that he was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He could be defined by the fact that he showed sportsmanship both on and off the basketball court. He should be defined by the fact that he has figured out a way to become a super successful businessman. Look, I’ll be the first to say that we should not hold up athletes as heroes. Athletes are human beings just like you and I. Magic Johnson isn’t perfect, but he is so much better than Donald Sterling.
It seems to me that every six months or so we hear about some ferry that overturns where innocent people die. Most the time, this happens in Third World countries where people are trying to escape oppression. They hop on an overcrowded ferry which capsizes somewhere in the ocean. Unfortunately, the latest ferry to capsize took place in South Korea. South Korea is not a Third World country. Over 280 passengers died. I simply don’t understand why we aren’t more careful with human life. (Yes, I really do understand. If every single boat capsized, we would be more careful. Most the time we get away with overcrowding. That’s why we do it.) The captain of the sunken ferry has been charged with manslaughter. Somehow, this seems terribly inadequate.
There appears to be some question at to why the New York Times seems to have hastily fired Jill Abramson. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo suggests that this was over an unequal pay dispute. It appears that Ms. Abramson may have found out that she was being vastly underpaid compared to her male counterparts.