Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Reads

Obituary: Former Ohio governor George Voinovich, 79, has died in his sleep, according to his son:

"His two main things in life were public service and his family," the younger George Voinovich said by telephone. "He genuinely cared about his fellow man. Despite his political success, he never let it go to his head."

His death comes weeks before his 80th birthday and a Republican National Convention that his home city will host. Voinovich had been listed as a second choice for Ohio delegates committed to Gov. John Kasich in this year's presidential race -- a sign of respect for one of the most successful politicians in state history.

Friends said Voinovich kept an active schedule in his final days, including a speech Friday at Cleveland City Hall to commemorate Slovenian Independence Day. (You can see video of that speech here.)

"I think he'll always be remembered for his compassionate leadership, his bipartisan approach and his ongoing stubborn commitment to fiscal responsibility," Curt Steiner, who was among Voinovich's top political advisers, said Sunday. "He lived in a fiscally responsible manner and he led in a fiscally responsible manner. I can't think of anybody who can match the record."

A Reno judge reflects on the attempt on his life by a men's rights activist weirdo and all-around jerk ten years later.

Darren Mack is spending what remains of his life in Ely State Prison. Everybody else has pretty much moved on:

Mack’s daughter Erika graduated from Wooster High School on Saturday. She served as the commander of the Silver State Brigade – a conglomerate of JROTC battalions from 11 Washoe County high schools. She declined a request for an interview.

Charla Mack’s mother, Soorya Townley, could not be reached for comment, and Joan Mack said Townley recently moved to West Africa. Joan Mack said she and Townley shared custody of the Macks' daughter since the murder and shooting. Darren Mack has two other children, a son, Jory, and a daughter, Jacqueline. Both of them are adults now. Jory lives with Joan and operates several businesses while Jacqueline graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and is a school teacher in the Bay Area, Joan Mack said.

“It’s a part of our life and we have to learn to live with those things,” Joan Mack said. “(Darren’s) attitude has been amazing, too. I can see why his kids grew up to be so wonderful, because the way he looks at life and what has happened to him, I think he’s done very well with it. Probably more than people would expect.”

He is right where he belongs.

In case you missed it, and I did, Matt Taibbi wrote a long piece about how the Talking Yam is killing the GOP and perhaps should just pull the plug altogether.

The GOP used to have some standards and ideas that weren't trying to destroy everything the public held dear, but then, beginning in the 1970s, it suffered from the double dose of religious right nutballery and worse, the neoliberal agenda which is also trying to destroy the Democratic Party.

There was a time in this country – and many voters in places like Indiana and Michigan and Pennsylvania are old enough to remember it – when business leaders felt a patriotic responsibility to protect American jobs and communities. Mitt Romney's father, George, was such a leader, deeply concerned about the city of Detroit, where he built AMC cars.

But his son Mitt wasn't. That sense of noblesse oblige disappeared somewhere during the past generation, when the newly global employer class cut regular working stiffs loose, forcing them to compete with billions of foreigners without rights or political power who would eat toxic waste for five cents a day.

Then they hired politicians and intellectuals to sell the peasants in places like America on why this was the natural order of things. Unfortunately, the only people fit for this kind of work were mean, traitorous scum, the kind of people who in the military are always eventually bayoneted by their own troops. This is what happened to the Republicans, and even though the cost was a potential Trump presidency, man, was it something to watch.


A bird thought to have been extinct wasn't after all.

The worst mass shooting in American history happened at a Florida gay nightclub:

Approximately 50 people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in what appears to be the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

At least 53 more people were injured, he said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, Mina told reporters.
"It's appears he was organized and well-prepared," the chief said, adding that the shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him."

Horrifying. We are living in insane times.

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