This was a Tale of Two Charlies. Now it is a tale of one: Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr., born December 4, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Died last Monday, March 31, 2014.
“Mr. Clean” — Char Lie Keating [sic]
Charlie Keating, crook, died in Arizona last week. But, while his “poster boy” for the S&L scandal status is well-known (he got out on a technicality after serving four years; charged with a staggering number of NEW charges for the largest S&L collapse in US history to that date, he was “sentenced” to time served), very little has been written about his OTHER ugly life.
Let’s start with the Wikipedia entry, and then I’ll tell you a couple of stories:
In 1956, Keating joined a priest leading a group of concerned Catholics in Cincinnati who were concerned about the dangers of pornography, and he began giving talks on the subject to parents and other groups. In 1958, Keating testified before the House Judiciary Committee on mail-order pornography, saying that it was “capable of poisoning any mind at any age and of perverting our entire younger generation”, and that it was closely tied to juvenile delinquency, while also quoting a congressional report that it was “part of the Communist conspiracy”.
Keating mentioned links between pornography and Communism at other times also, but was generally careful not to overplay the political connection and sought to distance himself from the more fervent anti-Communist groups of the early 1960s.
Or, shorter: that dog no longer hunted the way it did back in the Doc J. Freddie Wertheimer/post-Joe McCarthy Republican Party.
Gays being beaten, savaged, discriminated against, slurred, slammed, sneered at; having their children taken away from them, etc. etc. etc.?
Homophobe resigning because of broad-based public outcry? Continue reading
Today, a skunk wrote in the Wall Street Journal, while another skunk of his ilk died. Here’s the living skunk:
The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle. Collectivists (those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives) promise heaven but deliver hell. For them, the promised end justifies the means.
Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers.
Very reminiscent of the dead skunk, who never admitted losing the life savings of many, but decided to blame “government regulations” instead of his own criminal fraud. You know: the fraud that sent him to prison for four years while his lawyers finally located the rich man’s ‘technicality’ that loosed him from his just desserts. Continue reading
Once again, the Alter Boys™ of SCOTUS decide to meddle in the fundamental mechanics of a national election.
The Alter Boys™ of SCOTUS
Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions
Adam Liptak / New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season …
Yup. As Mark Twain said:
Faux Nooz™ is going to have to start burning the midnight oil.
President Obama just concluded his press conference stating that 7.1 million had signed up for ACA health insurance.
Obama says 7.1 million sign up for health care
Washington (CNN) — After a surge on the last day of open enrollment, Obamacare met the original White House target of 7 million sign-ups, President Barack Obama said Tuesday at what amounts to a victory for his administration.
A stunning turnaround after the “botched” rollout* and the endless stream of Goebbelsian propaganda against it. Goebbelsian? Continue reading
Checking up on knee-jerk reactions
Time for the think pieces, even though we barely have the raw Obamacare signup figures and the president is currently holding a press conference on same:
It was worth it. Probably.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic
Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended officially on Monday night. And the last-minute rush to sign up for new insurance plans was every bit as big as the experts had always predicted. Traffic to the online marketplaces and calls to the telephone help centers were the highest ever. At in-person counseling offices around the country, people lined up by the dozens. …
“This dwarfs anything we’ve seen before,” one senior administration official told me. The official numbers will soon reflect that. Last week, the Administration announced that 6 million people had signed up for coverage. As of Monday evening, the number was close to and maybe above 7 million … Whatever the final tally, you can count on law’s critics to keep saying the number is less impressive than it seems….
Because, after all the blathering, that’s all that the congenital liars of the GOP have. Quibbling over numbers*.
Take a moment to step back and think of that: Continue reading
Ronan Farrow: here today, gone real soon
The Wunderkind falls flat on his famous face:
Ratings may sink Ronan Farrow’s show on MSNBC
NY Daily News
Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC talk show is facing cancellation amid poor ratings, sources exclusively tell Confidenti@l. Farrow, 28 — the opinionated, blue-eyed son of actress Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra (even Farrow’s not sure which) — has been a disaster for MSNBC. The channel took the frequent cable-show guest and handed him his own program, “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which premiered in late February.
“He sort of stinks on TV,” an MSNBC source told Confidenti@l. “He hasn’t turned out to be the superstar they were hoping for.”
The theory was that Farrow, a Rhodes scholar who graduated college when he was 15 and went on to score degrees from Yale and Oxford, would bring his 245,000 Twitter followers with him to television. “But that hasn’t happened,” the source said. “Just because someone is a boy genius-turned-Twitter star doesn’t mean they deserve their own TV show.” [...]
Even worse: Wednesday’s show was 708th among all programming ranked by Nielsen, in both total viewers and the 18-to-49 age group advertisers covet. The midnight airing of “Baggage” on the Game Show Network came in ahead of it, at No. 707, and the 8 a.m. “Golden Girls” on the Hallmark Channel (No. 700) crushed it….
Well and good. Laying aside the “anonymous” gossip and source, there’s really no surprise here, if you happen to be among the twelve or fifteen of us to actually watch the show. Continue reading