Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Dire Predictions

Already yesterday, news reports were saying the Supreme Court hearing was a “train wreck for the Obama administration.” Relax, people—the train hasn’t even left the station yet. Today the Court hears arguments about “severability,” which sounds like something surgeons discuss before they perform an amputation. In the legal sense, severability refers to whether or not the entire healthcare law has to go if the mandate part is ruled unconstitutional. The individual mandate is the centerpiece of the new law. If it is struck down, salvaging the rest will be difficult. It would be like trying to save the bathwater after you’ve thrown out the baby.

The lead homicide investigator in the Trayvon Martin killing recommended that George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting. The way this case panned out, I’m a little surprised to find out there ever was a homicide investigator. It turns out that the first detective to question George Zimmerman was not a homicide detective, but a narcotics officer. Maybe he was asking George just what kind of drugs he thought that crazy black kid was on.

Geraldo Rivera has apologized for his “hoodie” comments... and here’s the part you have to add for every Fox News-associated apology—“sort of.” He went out of his way to reemphasize his comments, even as he was apologizing for them. He actually said “I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign’ urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.” Thank, Geraldo. “Sorry” would have been fine.

The NRA sells hoodies on their website! Of course, since they’re intended for white guys, they’re called “hooded sweatshirts,” not “hoodies.” I noticed the “NRA Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt” doesn’t have any NRA insignia on it. I guess an NRA logo would be a pretty good tip-off that the person wearing the hoodie was carrying a gun! The ad says “the included Velcro®-backed holster and double mag pouch can be repositioned inside the pockets for optimum draw.” For those of you who don’t speak firearm, that means it’s easier to kill people.

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Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) got thrown off the House floor earlier today by Rep. Greg Harper (R-MS) because he wore a hoodie...

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