Saturday Night Open Thread

JFK was assassinated today in 1963. I just tuned into a CNN special and saw Lee Harvey Oswald get arrested, and then shot. They cut to interviews of passersby. "That wasn't right. He deserved a fair trial," said the first one. The second one echoed the same sentiments.

Amazing how many people forget or intentionally disregard that bedrock principle of our criminal justice system. The latest victim: Bill Cosby. I won't dignify the accusations against him by repeating them. I will report that he got a standing ovation in Florida last night.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Everybody remembers where they were (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by fishcamp on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 07:34:34 PM EST
    when first hearing about it.  I was at Portland stoneware buying a coffee cup I still have.  The entire world was shocked in one sad day.

    I was at school. My parents had taken my (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Angel on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 08:37:13 PM EST
    younger brother to the eye doctor and afterwards took him to get a malt at the local pharmacy.  While they were there it was announced what had happened. Although I don't remember it exactly, they rushed to the elementary school to collect my two sisters and me.  What I do remember is that both my parents were crying and upset.  That event and my parents reactions to it left an indelible impression on me at the age of six.

    The idiot who told me was laughing. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 08:22:27 PM EST
    FED Admits Banksters too Big to Jail Policy (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 06:57:57 PM EST
    WASHINGTON -- The federal government until recently shielded big banks from criminal prosecution out of concern that convictions may damage the financial system, a top Federal Reserve official said Friday, explicitly acknowledging a policy long denied by the Obama administration.

    The admission came during a tense exchange between William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at a Senate Banking Committee hearing meant to explore the cozy relations between federal regulators and the banks they supervise.

    House Repubs... (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 07:30:35 PM EST
    Hillary Clinton. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Chuck0 on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 09:34:53 PM EST
    The empty pants suit. www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/keystone-nsa-hillary-clinton-remains-quiet

    link (none / 0) (#7)
    by Chuck0 on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 09:41:06 PM EST
    J, if the *actual* laws and the prosecution of (none / 0) (#8)
    by ZtoA on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 10:15:20 PM EST
    those laws were fair, then women who have been raped might be able to report crimes against them. As it is now, females are hugely discriminated against when it comes to rape and other violent crimes.

    Powerful, famous males simply commit crimes and never have to face their victims. Never. This actually encourages and promotes rape culture. Remember, rape IS a crime.

    Maybe the first baby step is in the court of public opinion. Maybe the laws, enforcement of those laws, and prosecuting of those violent crimes might follow. Who knows if Cosby did rape all these women. But the females have as much a right to demand prosecution of laws as males do. And -IMO- females and males should support females (and males like in the catholic priest rape cases) when, and if they do come out with their stories.

    Saw Bob Dylan in concert last night (none / 0) (#9)
    by Peter G on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 10:17:03 PM EST
    in Philadelphia.  With our 24-year-old daughter. She may have been the youngest person there.  I was about average.  I last saw Dylan live in 1968.  Rather different.  He played five or six songs I knew, out of 20, only two from before 1976.  All were markedly rearranged (which of course is a hallmark of his live performances). Although I love his early songs (1962-1966 and mid-70s), the arrangements I like best are the ones on "Bob Dylan at Budokan" (1978 performances, released in 1979). Ironically, this is apparently one of his releases that is least-liked by rock critics.

    I remember... (none / 0) (#10)
    by desertswine on Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 10:31:48 PM EST
    that I had seen Joan Baez in concert not so very long ago, and when I told the people at work who I had seen, no one knew who she was.  It was a moment of realization.