Given that athletes other than Gabby Douglas have worn the same color as Gabby and didn’t have their patriotism questioned, you’ve really got to wonder. Of course, those other athletes weren’t Black. Could that have something to do with an attack by FOX? You betcha it does.
• Aside from the fact that athletes eschewing the colors of their home countries isn’t a particularly radical development, the Fox version of patriotism isn’t patriotism at all. Rather, it is a hollow display of jingoism that, despite Webb’s concerns, we don’t need any more of. True patriotism doesn’t come from the color of an athlete’s clothes, it is determined by how they act and compete on a world stage while representing their country.
• Tea Party hack and Radio talker David Webb has confused the display of patriotism with patriotism itself.
Release the damned taxes already:
• “They’re a bunch of cowards, and they’re avoiding the issue,” said David Krone, Reid’s chief of staff, in an interview with POLITICO on Sunday night. “Lindsey Graham, Reince Priebus — they’re a bunch of henchmen for Romney, and they’re all reading off the same talking points. They couldn’t hold a candle to Harry Reid.” Krone added: “What Harry Reid said is the fact of what he was told. To turn it around, all their childish rants this weekend about calling Reid a ‘liar’ and all that, it just shows you how scared they are that Harry Reid was telling the truth.”
• “As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road,” Republican national chairman Reince Priebus told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar. If that’s on the agenda, I’m not going go there. This is just a made-up issue.”
• Money laundering: the biggest game on the globe. Seems Sheldon Adelson, Republican gazillionaire and campaign donator, is under investigation for running quite the laundromat at his Las Vegas Sands Corp. The US Attorneys Office in Los Angeles is doing the investigation.
• Mitt Romney skipped Italy on his swing through Europe. That was probably prudent. That’s because Bain Capital, under Romney as chief executive officer, made about $1 billion in a leveraged buyout 12 years ago that remains controversial in Italy to this day. Bain was part of a group that bought a telephone-directory company from the Italian government and then sold it about two years later, at the peak of the technology bubble, for about 25 times what it paid.
• NRA sent paranoid fundraising letter three days after Aurora shooting. Three days after a gunman massacred twelve people during a screening of the latest Batman film, the nation’s largest gun lobby mailed a nationwide fundraising letter warning of an implausible government conspiracy to seize firearms. NRA head Wayne LaPierre claimed last year that Obama’s entire record of keeping his distance from the guns issue is “all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”
• The attorney for George Zimmerman, the man currently on trial for the alleged murder of Trayvon Martin, will speak to a gun rights convention in Florida this month.
Bits and pieces:
• Israeli intelligence services had reports of an impending attack from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and therefore were able to thwart the latest assault by suspected Islamist militants who killed 16 Egyptian soldiers at a border checkpoint, then stole two of their vehicles to burst through a security fence into Israel, Israel’s chief military spokesman said Monday. Israeli intelligence services had information about an impending infiltration and sent aircraft to strike at the second car the militants had seized from the Egyptian forces. “We were prepared for it, so there was a hit,” military spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said.