Tuesday, July 30, 2013

News, Etc.

Another political oldie has died: Harry F. Byrd, Jr., a former senator from Virginia, has died at the age of 98.

Byrd was also in the publishing industry.

Politically speaking, Byrd was one of those old "southern Democrats" who resisted civil rights legislation, and he ultimately quit the Democratic Party to run and be elected as an "independent."

The Griffith film The Birth of a Nation, released nearly a century ago, actually makes me more sad and embarrassed over Griffith's ignorance than angry.

The film's depiction of the KKK as heroes is still the most shocking thing I have ever seen on film.

It isn't watchable for most audiences today.

The faker in the White House tells Detroit to drop dead and basically knifes African Americans in the back.

He should just change party affiliations and be done with it.

Bradley Manning has been acquitted of "aiding the enemy" or whatever bullshit charge was leveled at him, but he was convicted of a bunch of other counts:

Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old Army private who gave thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, was acquitted of aiding the enemy in a military court-martial, but was convicted on multiple other counts.

Judge Col. Denise Lind released the decision Tuesday after three days of deliberation. Manning requested that a judge and not a jury decide his fate.

The charge of aiding the enemy was the most serious of 21 counts. It carried a possible life sentence without parole.

Manning was convicted of six espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions. Manning's sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday.

Obituary: Actress Eileen Brennan, 80, of bladder cancer:

Brennan was known for character roles as sassy, brassy women, the kind with a sandpaper surface but a light, pure heart.

She played a waitress in "The Last Picture Show" (1971), the companion of Paul Newman's conman in "The Sting" (1973), a wisecracking maid in "At Long Last Love" (1975) and Mrs. Peacock in "Clue" (1985). She also did a great deal of television, including a reprise of her "Private Benjamin" role in the TV series of the same name.

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