The case of Bowe Bergdahl is one of those rare instances where anyone connected with the release of this controversial POW has done great damage to his/her reputation. From the President, to Republicans, to the media, to even his father, no one is getting away unscathed. Let's see those runner ups.
1)Maureen Dowd- This conservative columnist this week wrote an article about how she tried pot candy for the first time and "almost died." Never mind the fact that it is impossible for anyone to die from THC overdoses, dumb ass here did the equivalent of trying booze for the first time and instead of having a beer or two, drank half a bottle of Jack Daniels. Apparently, after eating far more pot candy than she should have, she got wicked stoned and started freaking out, not having any experience with the drug. After she came down eight hours later (which seems exceptionally long to begin with), she found out she ate way too much and bitched about there not being more information on the wrapper. Likewise with booze again, there is no recommended dosage on the bottle either. Anyone consuming any intoxicant should be well aware of what they are doing before hand, but not this genius who, like most Republicans, thought she knew better. Try smoking it next time. It's not as intense. Moron.
2)Andrew Criscione- This "author" wrote one of the worst pieces of journalism I have ever seen. Here it is for those who want a good laugh: http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20140606/OPINION/306069987
This right wing loon doesn't seem to understand what net neutrality is. Net neutrality is meant to have no regulations on internet service other than everyone gets treated equally. That's it. He's fighting for something that is the exact opposite of what is going on. Net neutrality doesn't impose price fixing, massive new regulations or anything of the sort. Obama and the FCC are trying to fix something that isn't broken so companies like Verizon and Comcast can gorge us. It's also why the right is firmly against net neutrality, which is yet another common bond between Obama and the GOP, like SS and Medicare cuts which until recently Obama supported. You know you are in trouble when the word "socialism" appears anywhere in an article like this, demonstrating a complete lack of knowledge over what that word actually means. Does anyone on the right posses a brain anymore?
3)Pink Floyd- I like Pink Floyd a lot. I have many, many of their albums. However, two members, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, recently demanded the Rolling Stones cancel their concert in Israel because of their suppression of the Palestinians. The Rolling Stones wisely ignored such a request. First and foremost, the people going to said concert are just ordinary average Israelis looking to see the Stones. Stop injecting politics into everything. Second, does Pink Floyd play the US and UK dates? They do. So why are they playing here and abroad whose human rights are even worse than Israel? Where is that boycott? Roger Waters needs to shut the hell up. If I want to hear his voice, I'll put on one of his albums.
4) Dr. Annette Bosworth- This is the definition of a bad week. On Monday, this woman was running for a US Senate seat, Republican of course, in South Dakota. Tuesday, she lost. Worse, she found out while being interviewed by Fox News. She finished fourth out of five. Ouch. But wait, there's more. Wednesday, she was arrested for six counts of perjury and six counts of filing false documents. She is calling it political persecution which is possible but who really knows. She made headlines earlier when she compared food stamp recipients to wild animals. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
5)ECB and Negative Bank Deposit Rates- The European Central Bank made history by becoming the first bank ever to charge banks interest on money held, a move that will surely be passed onto the consumer. This was done to try to get banks to lend more, but that prospect seems iffy. What is certain that along with bail-ins, that pay lenders before depositors, and now this, the entire banking system is at risk. If banks start charging you money to keep it in your account, how many of you will keep any in any bank? Few I would guess as your mattress would be a better place than a checking account. These guys are getting dumber by the second.
6)NRA and Open Carry laws- I am someone who is very much to the right on gun control, firmly believing that whatever weaponry or equipment the local police have, should also be available to the public. That includes automatic weapons. However, I do NOT agree with these gun nuts who feel that carrying them into a fast food restaurant is a good idea either. There is no good reason to have these guns out and about. First, you are terrifying everyone in the stores you keep going into. Second, with Stand your Ground laws, you could be legally shot by someone else who feels "threatened." The NRA started with common sense and said to stop and then turned around a day later and agreed with the gun nuts. Way to Stand Your Ground NRA.
7)Internal Investigations by Corporations or Politicians- These have to be made illegal because it's getting stupid. It was bad enough when Chris Christie hired lawyers who "investigated" him and found him not guilty of any wrong doing, all paid for by the taxpayers. Never mind the fact that these lawyers never interviewed anyone involved with the Bridgegate, we should just trust Christie right? Please. Over the last week two more investigations, one by CBS and another by GM, found no wrong doing for either of their giant screw-ups. CBS cleared itself and re-hired Lara Logan after the whole Benghazi fiasco, ignoring the fact that CBS executives were pushing the story to sell a book that no one bothered to vet first and then dumped the blame on a 60 Minutes producer. GM likewise found no evidence that they intentionally killed somewhere between 13-500 people and that incompetence was to blame. On all three, I'd believe an independent study before any of these, which GM and Christie both have to deal with. CBS is going to get away scot free lying to the American people, just like the news media has been doing for some time.
8)Tucker Carlson- This guy is such a dick he lost his show on Fox and no has to beg for screen time wherever he can. His latest bon mot was defending the guy who fell asleep and put comedian Tracy Morgan in the hospital. Here is his transcript:
“Absolutely, 5 to 10 years in jail for death by auto, which is an act of recklessness,” Schwartz explained. “So, if he did fall asleep at the wheel, that’s one of the ways that you could commit reckless driving in New Jersey. And certainly the fact that a death occurred, 5 to 10 years in jail.”
“I’m not trying to take anything away from the tragedy of this,” Carlson replied. “But 10 years in jail for falling asleep? It strikes me as very different from taking drugs, drinking. Has that ever happened? Has anybody ever actually gone to jail for falling asleep?”
“For falling asleep and causing a death?” Schwartz asked. “Absolutely.”
“But, I mean sometimes people — and I’m not defending anyone here,” Carlson continued. “I’m really struck by the idea that someone who falls asleep — which is something that everybody does every day, not necessarily considered an act of recklessness — does it unintentionally, nods off is a criminal.”
“Tucker, if you’re driving a 16-wheel truck, a truck for Walmart, and you’re on the roads for the state of New Jersey, and you’re drowsy and you fall asleep, it’s certainly an act of recklessness,” the attorney insisted. “Not an intentional murder, but it’s an act of recklessness. And that’s where this reckless homicide comes in.”
Yet another Republican coming to the defense of a multi-national corporation, while the average guy gets screwed. Regarding Tracy Morgan, I sincerely hopes he survives. That guy is funny. Plus, imagine the comedy routine he get from this. It could be Pryor-esque.
9)Texas Republicans- Ted Cruz and the state party itself stepped in it hard this week. First off, we had Cruz braying about how democrats were trying to get rid of the 1st amendment, ignoring the fact that what they trying to do was restore democracy by getting rid of recent awful Supreme Court decisions. Until we get money out of politics nothing is ever going change and this ass is standing in the way. Then we had the state adding in anti-gay rhetoric into their platforms, ignoring the fact that that ship has not only sailed but it has docked and is on it's return trip by now. According to the Texas GOP, anti-gay therapy should be enforced. Never mind the fact that it doesn't work, why let science interfere with their backward biblical beliefs?
10)Everything connected with Bowe Bergdahl- No one gets away from this this week. Obama misjudged public opinion who, as always, were woefully under-informed about this soldier, even though I wrote about his desertion early in the history of this website. The general public is way to stupid to be much help with anything lately. The Republicans, proving they hate Obama just cause, flip-flopped their position from "bring him back," to "how dare Obama trade terrorists for this traitor." The funny part is that tweets from the same people demonstrate that exactly. John McCain changed his position so hard he must have gotten whiplash. One minute he was all for the trade, the next, Obama is the devil for doing it. WHICH IS IT YOU OLD FART? You do know the Internet saves everything right? Many, many Republicans did the exact same, proving they have no idea how computers or even video tape works. Then we had the media who did their usual bang up job getting everything wrong. It has been reported that six, no wait eight, maybe two, soldiers died looking for Bergdahl after he deserted his post. I am still unsure if anyone died looking for him, or if this is more nonsense. We have his father who for some inane reason decided not to cut his beard, making him look like some ZZ top reject, while speaking an Arabic prayer. Your son is home, time to either admit you are a Muslim or get to a razor stat. Image is everything and you need a good makeover. And lastly we have Bowe himself who is most likely facing a court-martial. So congratulations everyone involved with the story, you are all douchebags of the week.