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I don’t know yet what I think of this character, but in a chat room hosted by The Guardian Edward Snowden makes some interesting points (uh, thought we couldn’t find him):
“Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.”
“I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets. I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous. These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter the target.”
“Obama’s campaign promises and election gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes. Many Americans felt similarly. Unfortunately, shortly after assuming power, he closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge.”
“Journalists should ask a specific question: since these programs began operation shortly after September 11th, how many terrorist attacks were prevented SOLELY by information derived from this suspicionless surveillance that could not be gained via any other source? Then ask how many individual communications were ingested to acheive that.”
“I have had no contact with the Chinese government. Just like with the Guardian and the Washington Post, I only work with journalists.”
Andy Griffith’s “Andy Taylor” is the no-contest runaway winner of our Trail Mix Favorite TV Dad election with an astonishing 48 percent of 742 votes cast for 10 nominees! Here is the first time we saw this iconic character, from the 1960 Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy) that introduced Griffith as Mayberry’s town sheriff. Griffith joins Jean Stapleton’s “Edith” as our favorite TV Mom and Dad.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
No Time for Sergeants (1958)
The Second Time Around (1961)
Angel in My Pocket (1969)
Hearts of the West (1975)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Spy Hard (1996)
Daddy and Them (2001)
The Very First Noel (2006) (voice)
Christmas Is Here Again (2007) (voice)
Play the Game (2008)
Make Room For Daddy (1960; Andy and Opie Taylor were first introduced in season seven)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
The Headmaster (1970–1971)
The New Andy Griffith Show (1971; cancelled after 13 episodes)
The Strangers in 7A (1972)
Go Ask Alice (1973)
Pray for the Wildcats (1974)
Winter Kill (1974)
Adams of Eagle Lake (1975; cancelled after two episodes)
Street Killing (1976)
Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976)
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976) (voice)
Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
The Girl in the Empty Grave (1977)
Deadly Game (1977)
Centennial (1978; miniseries)
Salvage 1 (1979; cancelled after 20 episodes)
From Here to Eternity (1979; miniseries)
Roots: The Next Generations (1979; miniseries)
The Yeagers (1980; cancelled after two episodes)
Murder in Texas (1981)
For Lovers Only (1982)
Murder in Coweta County (1983)
The Demon Murder Case (1983)
Fatal Vision (1984) (miniseries)
Crime of Innocence (1985)
Return to Mayberry (1986)
Under the Influence (1986)
The Gift of Love (1994)
Scattering Dad (1998)
A Holiday Romance (1999)
Dawson’s Creek (2001)
On July 3, 2012, at the age of 86, Griffith died from a heart attack about 7am at his coastal home in Manteo, Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina. He was buried in the Griffith Family Cemetery on the island within five hours of his death.
Trail Mix Favorite TV Dad — choose now (polls close at midnight). It wasn’t easy keeping this list of nominees to 10, and some are gleaned from your nominations in our Favorite TV Mom election (Jean Stapleton’s “Edith” won).
[Update Midnight June 17: Polls are closed. See Final Results]
Pick Your Favorite TV Dad
- Andy Taylor “The Andy Griffith Show” Played by Andy Griffith (48%, 353 Votes)
- Cliff Huxtable “The Cosby Show” Played by Bill Cosby (10%, 73 Votes)
- Tony Soprano “The Sopranos” Played by James Gandolfini (9%, 64 Votes)
- Ward Cleaver “Leave It to Beaver” Played by Hugh Beaumont (8%, 62 Votes)
- Steve Douglas “My Three Sons” Played by Fred MacMurray (8%, 59 Votes)
- Frank Costanza “Seinfeld” Played by Jerry Stiller (6%, 47 Votes)
- Uncle Bill and Mr. French “Family Affair” Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot (4%, 28 Votes)
- Jay Pritchett "Modern Family" Played by Ed O'Neill (4%, 27 Votes)
- Martin Crane “Frasier” Played by John Mahoney (2%, 17 Votes)
- Rob Petrie “The Dick Van Dyke Show” Played by Dick Van Dyke (1%, 12 Votes)
Total Voters: 742
Nice to see, hope he lasts (easier to pronounce at least — hah-SAHN roh-hah-NEE).
(Reuters) – Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani won Iran’s presidential election on Saturday, the interior ministry said, scoring a surprising landslide victory over conservative hardliners without the need for a second round run-off. … Rohani’s resounding election mandate could provide latitude for a diplomatic thaw with the West and more social freedoms at home after eight years of belligerence and repression under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was legally barred from seeking a third consecutive term.
(Christian Science Monitor) – The surge for Rohani began just 72 hours before the vote – and has now shocked the conservative establishment. There is shock, too, for all those Iranians who planned to boycott the election because they considered their votes “useless” in a rigged system, yet voted anyway.
(The Economist) – A 64-year-old clergyman who was educated partly in Glasgow, Rhouhani was Iran’s leading negotiator on nuclear affairs when the reform-inclined Muhammad Khatami served as president from 1997-2005. In the television debates featuring the candidates in the poll’s run-up, he has criticised Mr Ahmadinejad for fiscal ineptitude and has bemoaned the country’s stifling “security atmosphere”.
Family members of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims are in Washington this week to meet with lawmakers to help revive the defeated Manchin-Toomey legislation that would expand background checks.
“The more time that goes by, in some respects, the stronger we’re getting, and the more comfortable in our voices and knowing what needs to be done,” said Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. “It just strengthens our resolve to continue this.”
“I need help in getting out to gun regions, such as West Virginia, and all over this country, that actually this gun bill is good for them and asking them to step to the plate and make sure that the wrong people don’t get guns,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said. “There’s going to be an election in 2014. That’s the time when you’ve exhausted every other avenue, of getting the message out and doing the right thing. Then do what you’ve got to do then. That’s when the real price is going to be paid.”
Why care if Democrats lose the Senate if Michael Bloomberg guts Democratic wimps against gun control? Now he’s asking donors to dump their asses. Good. A Democratic Senate that acts like Republicans is not worth having. So be it. Spare me, Democratic Party hacks, your pathetic arguments that protecting control of the Senate is all that matters. Why? So you get better offices to serve the same old lobbyists the Republicans serve? Forget it. Get with it or get ready to disappear. There’s a third way out there somewhere ready to change everything.
Washington Post: Six months after the Newtown school shooting, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his gun control campaign by asking donors not to support Democratic senators who opposed a bill to expand background checks on gun buyers, while a mayors’ group he co-founded is embarking on a national bus tour to rally for efforts to curb gun violence.
I am struggling for a way to observe the passing of a friend and mentor well known in Washington but not so much elsewhere.
Doug Bailey called me close to Christmas Day in 1996 to ask if I’d be interested in running The Hotline. It was a no-brainer. I said yes. We had met a few times. Most recently standing in a long line for hot dogs at the 1996 Democratic Convention. We talked about how the media industry was on the verge of a massive transformation from print to online.
The Hotline, which Doug co-founded, was a must-read in DC, a daily synthesis of political news from newspapers throughout the country, “covering the coverage” as he put it. In those days it was mostly sent by fax. He wanted to take advantage of this emerging new thing, the Internet, and knew that I had been involved in creating one of the first newspaper web platforms where I worked, The Orlando Sentinel.
We went on to forge the most rewarding partnership of my career, along with so many great talents, such as Chuck Todd, Vaughn Ververs and Howard Mortman, making The Hotline the most innovative (and yes, quite funny) political news source of its time.
The Hotline barely exists now, replaced by Politico and so many others. And now Doug is gone, passing in his sleep on Sunday night. It’s tough to explain to those who didn’t know him what a generous, witty and brilliant character he was. Some links below to fill the blanks.
A favorite story of his numerous anecdotes from a long life in politics was from his days working for Henry Kissinger in the White House. When Doug and his young colleagues were trying to analyze Soviet strategy about a particularly matter, as smartly as they could, Kissinger responded, “Gentleman, never assume the enemy has a strategy.”
Doug had a strategy, to inspire thousands of young people who came to work for The Hotline, many of them in their first jobs out of college, to love truth, the facts, and most of all, our precious Democracy. His strategy worked, and he leaves a legacy of fun and instructive memories in the hearts and minds of everyone privileged to know him.
- Politico: Known for his fascination and innovation where politics was concerned
- National Journal: The Hotline and friends remember founder Doug Bailey
- CNN: One of the first successful political consultants of the modern era
- Washington Post: A pioneering political consultant
NBC’s Chuck Todd: “He had three distinct and separate successful careers that all had one goal: to make the American political system a little better and a little more noble.”
Doug Bailey 17 years ago envisioning a digital politics future we still need …
Now on The Trail...none so blind. C'est la vie....Ignex Everywhere Obamacare has gone into partial effect with more to come (No...3 Former NSA Employees Praise Edward Snowden, Corroborate Key Claims..."I’m not thrilled with this program, but I am a great deal less thrilled with ...Shieffer and others have called Snowden narcissistic. That doesn't speak whether...Scariest thing happening above and beyond the White House knowing slightly less ...Good point, Movingon. He might have names, and they maybe open cases. If he ...If your son is born with hair on his hands, this Republican knows why...The problem with Mr. Snowden's claims that the NSA is listening in on US citizen...mqw "Why didn’t this elaborate hundreds of billions dollar spy/surveillance...They are the consummate insiders in every single sense. Except in the rarest cas...Two great song writers connected to this date. Paul McCartney born today and ...Craig, Thanks for the piece.. To me Ed Snowden is a hero.. Wow, what courage it ...httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lauELK3N8Q0&feature=youtube_gdata_player...That's enough for now. You can all come out again....
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