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Disasters of the week! The Obamacare website, Kim Kardashian & Kanye West, and really mean people who ruin holidays. Seriously, there is a woman who gave out flyers telling kids they're fat instead of giving them candy. And Hallmark decided the word gay was too gay for them so they changed it to "fun." How ridiculous is that! Oh, and the Obamacare website is still having problems and well, Kim & Kanye got engaged.
Whew! It's been quite a week. Tell me in the comments what stories you want to see next week...
Happy Halloween from everyone here at C&L. How many trick or treaters were at your house tonight? Driftglass and I usually get about 250, but it rained hard today and is drizzling tonight -- I doubt we'll get 175. The kids are The Joker, Katy Perry with blue hair, and the Eleventh Doctor Who complete with fez.
Share details of costumes and kids, etc. below, and Happy Halloween again. Thanks so much for donating to our fall fundraiser, too.
Open thread below.
I got to thinking about the fact that the historic Stock Market Crash of 1929 took place two days before Halloween, ruining the holiday for millions.
The Crash was actually a two-day affair, with the market plunging 12.8% on October 28th, and another 11.7% the very next day, loosing nearly a quarter of its total value in just two days (today's equivalent of losing 3,200 points). With no safety-nets like the FDIC or Unemployment Insurance, the Middle Class was devastated as banks lost people's entire life savings in the stock market. Try to imagine, your bank "losing" all of your money, and not a damn thing you can do about it. What would you do? No job, no money, and no help on the way (until Roosevelt promised
"a chicken in every pot" "a New Deal between the government and the American People" in 1932. [correction: actually, it was a 1932 GOP ad that promised everyone chicken.])
In the immediate aftermath, crime spiked (uncorroborated) just as it does every time people become desperate & easily irritable. Halloween became "Hell Night" as mischievous kids with no money and lots of time on their hands turned to acts of vandalism on Halloween.
By 1939, the rash of vandalism was no longer a common occurrence, giving birth to the term "Tricks or Treats" as an idle threat for neighbors that if they didn't provide candy... well... remember all than vandalism a few years back? (okay, it was "extortion"... but the cute kind.)
Under FDR, government stepped in and changed peoples' lives, not just the big stuff like protecting your money and providing jobs, but even expressing concern for families because back then, people understood that the future of our country depended on the future of our children.
A little thought to carry with you this holiday. Happy Halloween.
Stephen Colbert does an excellent job of explaining to us why the right wing yammerers have clutched on a segment of Jodi Kantor's new book, The Obamas, to insinuate that our First Family is a satanic bunch of big spenders using taxpayer funds to entertain kids.
The whole story is much ado about nothing. Even Kantor doesn't say it was secret, acknowledging that pool reporters were invited to cover it. I was able to easily find reports about it, since yes, there were photos posted on Flickr, video on the White House website, and numerous reports about it at the time. As Steve Benen notes, it's a bit of a stretch to understand how this translates into a secret.
But as long as we're on the subject of Kantor's book, here's a brief review. I'm about halfway through it now. It's more of a compilation of other people's impressions than it is an account of the White House and the Obama family's time there. She's sourced everything, but the problem is that the sources are still second-hand. She interviewed staffers and former staffers, as well as friends and others surrounding the President, but tells a story through others' lenses rather than from her own perspective. As such, it tends to magnify relatively minor events while glossing over others which are more consequential. Overall, I'd suggest waiting for the first-person accounts.
With that said, Ilyse Hogue has a different take on the book and its value.
For a President that has been criticized for holding the public at arm's length, the portrayal of him in the book can add texture to his humanity as a time voters are looking to reconnect to their incumbent president. And while pundits speak of a potential enthusiasm gap among women voters, the story of the First Lady's influence over her devoted husband's agenda can help give confidence to a coveted demographic that can secure margins of victory in tight races.
As for the right-wing frenzy over the 2009 Halloween party, I'd say Colbert sums it up best.
Still think handgun insurance is a bad idea? Suppose this Georgia woman had been shot. This is exactly the kind of crazy stuff for which actual victims should be able to sue. Some critics have pointed out that you can already file a claim against someone's homeowner's insurance -- but not everyone owns a home. If this handgun owner knew his mandatory insurance premiums would go up dramatically if his grandkids got hold of his gun, he might have been a little more careful. Right, grandpa?
A 10-year-old Aiken trick-or-treater pulled a gun on a woman who said she would take his candy on Halloween.
According to a police incident report, the 28-year-old victim told authorities she recognized some boys from her neighborhood while they were trick-or-treating about 6:30 p.m. Monday near Schroeder and George streets and jokingly told them she would take their candy.
One 10-year-old in the group of about 10 juveniles responded with “no you’re not …” and then pointed a 9 mm handgun at her.
According to Aiken Public Safety Lt. David Turno, the clip was not in the gun at the time, but the boy did have a loaded clip in his possession.
The boy’s brother, also 10, told authorities he also had a gun. The second weapon was recovered Tuesday morning.
I've always been adamant about letting kids wander in a house with guns. My father-in-law kept a loaded handgun in his bedside table, and refused to take the bullets out while we were visiting. That's why my kids were never allowed to stay overnight with their grandparents. (I was "overreacting," my mother-in-law told me. "Better safe than sorry," I told her.)
This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters’ mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.
from Gary McCoy.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Crooks and Liars.
Open thread below...
Billy Mays comes back just in time for Halloween...
Open thread below...
It's true, you are dumb, Halloween book burners.
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