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O’Reilly almost gets it right

Last week, I talked about the turmoil that surrounded Penn State, Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky. Last night, Bill O’Reilly dedicated his Talking Points segment to the scandal. Bill O’Reilly (see video above) rightly chastises several people in the scandal for not calling the authorities. Then, in typical Bill O’Reilly fashion, he goes over the top. He basically calls for mandatory life sentences for anyone convicted of child molestation. I do believe that child molesters should receive harsh sentences. I do not believe they should be locked up forever. I do believe in redemption. I do believe that some people can change. I do believe that we should give them that opportunity. I am aware of the dismal record of rehabilitation.

Finally, I have to mention that Bill O’Reilly mentions that Penn State has “done the right thing by cleaning house.” Mike McQueary was/is the assistant coach who reportedly saw Jerry Sandusky molest a child in the showers. As far as I know, Mister McQueary is still employed at Penn State. So, Penn State did not “clean house” as thoroughly as Bill O’Reilly suggests. (I almost completely agreed with O’Reilly. I’m not sure if this is a time for celebration or personal introspection.)

This Penn State situation is truly awful. Resolution will not be quick. Every time it appears that things are moving in the right direction something else happens. There are allegations of Sandusky “pimping out” some of the young boys to high-class donors. This is kind of the sensational claim. There is also the District Judge, Leslie Dutchot, who used to volunteer for Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile. She did not recuse herself from the case. It would seem to me, in this high profile case that a judge should reveal any connection that she had with coach Jerry Sandusky. Not doing so is a lapse of judgment. In this case which features nothing but huge lapses of judgment it would seem that we don’t need any more.

By |2011-11-15T13:47:57-04:00November 15th, 2011|Legal, Sports|2 Comments

Saturday Morning News Roundup

I’m running out of the house right now. So –

From Political Animal:

* If the Boehner plan wouldn’t preserve the AAA credit rating of the United States, why is anyone even talking about it as a possibility? Shouldn’t that be an automatic deal-breaker?

* Bill O’Reilly, who I can only assume is concerned about his investment portfolio, lashed out at the Republican Party base yesterday in a fascinating tirade: “The only thing that can save Barack Obama at this point is craziness on the right…. It’s not only going to hurt the Republican Party, which has already been hurt, but it’s going to save President Obama who they hate…. The irony is, the people who dislike President Obama the most … are helping him the most. You’ve got to stop this hateful rhetoric.”

* I’m actually rather impressed this keeps happening: “Telephone circuits into the House of Representatives were once again near capacity on Friday after President Obama called on Americans to keep up their calls to Congress.”

* Moody’s weighs in again: “The United States’ triple-A credit rating is likely to be affirmed by Moody’s with a negative outlook, the ratings agency said on Friday, signaling that a downgrade would not come immediately, but possibly in the medium term.”

* This week, before today, investors were pulling $9 billion a day out of money-market funds, fearing congressional Republicans would simply refuse to raise the debt ceiling.

* If it would help the process along, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would gladly bring the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Senate floor for a vote. He knows full well it wouldn’t come close to getting a two-thirds majority.

* Revelations from the Murdoch media hacking scandal aren’t quite done yet. News of the World hacked the phone of a mother to a murdered 8-year-old girl, too.

* Why won’t President Obama pursue the “Constitutional Option”? Brad Plumer explores the issue in a thoughtful item.

* Are there some more fanciful ideas for gimmicks that could resolve the crisis? Sure there are.

* Congressional Republicans have a bold new idea: force the U.S. military to accept dirty fuels the Pentagon doesn’t want. The GOP really is getting worse with each passing day.

* Bruce Bartlett, a former policy adviser to Reagan and H.W. Bush, on the GOP: “I think a good chunk of the Republican caucus is either stupid, crazy, ignorant or craven cowards.”

* House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) intends to pursue a new White House investigation because it would be “good theater.” Congress was so much more tolerable when grown-ups were in charge.

* This is probably the wrong emotional reaction, but I’m starting to feel kind of sorry for Peggy Noonan. The quality of her columns has become so awful, and the sophistication of her political analysis has become so pedantic, it’s almost as if Noonan has outsourced her career to an intern sent over by College Republicans. Maybe it’s time to consider retirement, Peggy?

By |2011-07-30T06:47:08-04:00July 30th, 2011|Budget, Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Saturday Morning News Roundup
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