Okay, first up, Bill Van Auken (WSWS) reports:
On Thursday US Attorney General Eric Holder shut down a more than three-year investigation into CIA torture and murder of detainees, with no charges being brought against anyone.
This final ignominious chapter in the Obama administration’s protection of those responsible for the crimes carried out under the Bush administration concerned the CIA’s torturing to death of two detainees, one in Afghanistan in 2002 and another in Iraq in 2003.
In a statement announcing that no one would be prosecuted, Attorney General Holder claimed, “admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction,” adding that this conclusion had been reached following a review of “substantive criminal statutes as well as the statutes of limitations and jurisdictional provisions.”
He did not say what charges had been contemplated and provided no concrete explanation of why they could not be brought.
He included in his statement an obsequious tribute to those responsible for the torture and murders carried out under the Bush administration: “I also appreciate and respect the work of and sacrifices made by the men and women in our intelligence community on behalf of this country. They perform an incredibly important service to our nation, and they often do so under difficult and dangerous circumstances. They deserve our respect and gratitude for the work they do.”
Now for Idiot of the Week.
It's a toughie.
Reading today's snapshot, I decided it really was down to Jason Biggs or Ellen Barkin.
And I feel bad about that because I like the work of both. I just didn't know they wanted to be so ugly as people.
Remember when stars would show up in magazines trying to be kind and loveable?
Apparently now you build a career on hate -- or think you can.
So Jason Biggs makes some of the worst comments about women as he attacks the wives of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Meanwhile Ellen Barkin shows up to wonder if Clint Eastwood wants to murder the president before deciding on her Twitter feed that yes, yes, he does want to murder Barack.
That's quite a charge. One would assume Ellen had something to back that up with.
She's got nothing.
And when a Modern Family guest shot last season looked to really help rebuild her career, she's certainly chosen a strange time, as her own sitcom is about to debut, to embrace hatred.
There was no reason for her to make such a charge.
So it comes down to hatred of women and to someone making a charge that she can't believe (unless she's crazy).
Jason Biggs' career is already over and there's probably no comeback. Maybe he can work in gay porn?
But Ellen Barkin stood a real chance at being popular for the first time in her long career. Sea of Love didn't make her a star. (Man Trouble and Switch were box office bombs.) At last she stood a chance of connecting with America. But instead of connecting, she wants to mkae outrageous claims of criminal desires on the part of one of her fellow actors.
So it's a tough one, but I'm going to declare Ellen Barkin Idiot of the Week.
That's too bad because I actually like her acting. I thought she was great in Diner, The Big Easy, Bad Company, This Boy's Life, Happy Tears and even the weird Siesta. I was really excited about her sitcom which Ava and C.I. said was hysterical. I believed it because she's a great actress (not a good one, a great one) and because she was very funny on Modern Family as the real estate agent poaching Phil's client.
But I'm going to call her the Idiot of the Week.
She's got a TV show about to air and this is how she decides to behave? One station's already not going to air it.
C.I. can tell you all about an actress who made similar moves and destroyed her own career. She went on Letterman and insulted her own show which was getting great ratings. The network never forgave the actress and blacklisted her. As a result, she's never appeared on the major networks again really. She would audition for lead roles, supporting roles and guest roles. She'd get called back over and over but when the network brass got involved, she'd always be passed over. 12 years after she killed her own show, the same network allowed her to be a bit player guest on an episode of a popular show when the producer demanded she be cast. Even that didn't result in a career re-birth. Now her career's over and everyone but her seems to know it.
Ellen Barkin needs to be really damn careful. There are dozens of new shows coming on. The networks are spending a lot of money promoting them. You f**k with them by making nasty and ugly remarks in public, you're going to be seen as the problem if the show fails and if Ellen Barkin's seen as the problem by NBC, she'll be seen that way by theo ther networks as well.
It was a stupid and idiotic thing to do.
She realizes that to some degree. (Probably because friends like C.I. have said, "Ellen, you're hurting yourself and you're hurting Barack. Chill.") If you don't get that she realizes it, then you haven't checked her Twitter feed. She's deleted her Tweets where she said Clint wanted to kill Barack. She's just left up her Tweet asking if anyone saw a gesture during Clint's bit and did it mean . . .
To see the way the Tweets were, you can catch Twitchy.
I wanted to catch her sitcom (debuts Sept. 11th). Now I don't know.
I'm all for same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, equality across the board. In the show, a gay couple wants a baby. They find a surrogate to carry an egg. That surrogate is Ellen's granddaughter. The show is about how people you think you can't understandd aren't all that different -- rather it's Ellen's dislike for gay couples (in the show, in real life she's for equality) or what have you. But that message is kind of undermined by Ellen screaming hatred on her Twitter feed.
I don't know if I'll be able to draw a line between the two and don't know if I'll watch now. And I really wanted to watch that show before today.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"