Friday, July 30, 2010

"There's Good News Tonight"...

When I was a kid--many, many, many years ago--there was a radio commentator named Gabriel Heater on WOR, the Mutual Broadcasting System, who began his programs with “Good evening, everyone, there’s good news tonight.” [Here] I used to practice the phrase with my chums and it ultimately became the hopeful back-ground noise of those lonely, scary WWII years. Out of nowhere that phrase popped into my mind when I read that Shirley Sherrod has decided to sue Andrew Breitbart. [Here]
We don’t know many details yet, such as who her attorney will be and the exact nature of the law suit, but it was heart-warming to read that Sherrod was going to fight back. As Rachel Maddow has counselled, bullies need to be pushed back and confronted. (I’m sure that she learned that lesson very early in life.)
Sam Stein in Huffpost wrote about the chances of Sherrod winning a suit against Breitbart: [Here]
Several prominent First Amendment lawyers said on Thursday that Sherrod -- who was abruptly fired from her job after misleading video of her was posted on Breitbart's website,, has decent grounds on which to sue. "There are a lot of unknowns," said Victor Kovner, a highly respected 1st Amendment lawyer for the firm Davis Wright Tremaine.  "But let me say, from what I know, it is not a frivolous suit."

Yes, indeed, there is good news tonight.

Another reason to jump for joy is the latest polling stats from Nevada where Harry Reid has come from way back a few weeks ago to, currently, a 2-point lead over Republican candidate Sharon Angle. Remember Angle? She is the full-throated wingnut who won Nevada’s Republican primary. She went into the primary election leading Reid by 11 points and is now trailing Reid by 2 points. (That must be why Reid’s smile looks wide and from the heart.)
This is really, really good news. Angle is the lady who called a press conference after she had met with Republican strategists who were helping her to get her act together. She met the press, read a speech and then, literally, ran away without answering any questions. Of course, the press and cameras followed her sprint to her car, but all we saw were bobbing camera shots and shouted questions at a hastily retreating Sharon Angle back.
It scares me to even read about Angle’s Looney Tunes ideas. This is the lady who would like to phase out Social Security and Medicare (privatize ‘em) and believes the victims of rape shouldn’t have abortions (“lemons can be made into lemonade”), BP’s Gulf oil spill was “an accident,” the oil industry should be “deregulated,” and abortions cause breast cancer. [Here]
I’m sure that you’ve read enough. Angle has also warned about a possible insurrection if Congress continues to be led by an Obama agenda. (Maybe if she wins, there will be one.)
Of course, there is also some bad news, such as Phyllis Schlafly seems to be back and gathering headlines. Her latest insane line is that unmarried women, after throwing out their husbands, go on welfare and then vote for Obama. The direct quotation is: [Here]
Unmarried women, 70% of unmarried women, voted for Obama, and this is because when you kick your husband out, you've got to have big brother government to be your provider... 
I have an idea: Schlafly should go up to Vegas and campaign with Angle. Schlafly could run Angle on a separate Wingnut Party line.
Oh, dear. But let’s remember that there is some good news tonight and today. And while we’re at it let’s also give a quiet nod in memory of Gabriel Heatter who taught us to focus on some positive things when the gathering storm clouds were terrifyingly ominous.

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