Monday, August 19, 2013

2.6: One Step Too Many

Let's start on a part of Genoa that is in its second mention this week, MX-76, the item on the helicopter load out that seems to not have a name. First off, MX can mean a number of things, including, and most likely in this case, either Military or Missile Experimental. Charlie Skinner calls MX-76 a euphemism, but really it would just be a designation of a weapon system of some sort that would likely be classified. Could one jump to the sarin conclusion from this? Yes, but not for the reason Charlie seemed to. And, it's a huge stretch considering the United States has never used sarin. Plus, the description of the people with boils is more consistent with white phosphorous than sarin anyway (as I discussed here).

Moving on to things that actually happened, I'm fairly certain that Will's rant about the small number of bills signed into law by the 112th Congress came from this article (with some other flourishes added). It isn't that congress at the time didn't produce any bills; it's just that a record number were not passed. The reasons for this are debatable, but not here. An interesting piece on the number of post offices that Congress renames can be found here. Bringing up Peter Diamond's not getting confirmed to the Federal Reserve Board is a little bit of a non-news item any time in 2012, even when talking about the 112th Congress, since that happened in the middle of 2011.

I'm really not sure how anything calling itself actual news can spend over six minutes on the Etch-a-Sketch comment. Watch the video here. As the show's lambasting of Rick Santorum continues they bring up Santorum's statement that a 1960 speech by John F. Kennedy on the separation of church and state made him "throw up." It's such a great speech in my opinion that I have posted it below. They actually gave the Santorum quotes this time a fair amount of context, and I'm proud of them for that.

Don says he was at Newsweek in 2005 as a part of his reason for being leery of breaking the Genoa story. Newsweek reported in May of 2005 that Guantanamo Bay interrogators had flushed a Koran down a toilet. They later apologized and admitted they got the story wrong, but they couldn't take back all the violence that came in the backlash. Find the story here.


The montage toward the end takes them up to just before the Republican National Convention in late August of 2012. This is strange since I thought the Aurora theater shooting would be covered and that happened in late July. I apparently thought wrong.

And now we all have a reason to not trust Jerry Dantana.





Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.

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