Show Notes for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to introduce the new GOP Royal Regent of Crazy People

Schlatter• Legendary “Laugh In” creator George Schlatter joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to tell us about his career

• South Korean officials say their earlier conclusion that the ferry that sank last week, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing, had made a sharp turn shortly before the disaster was incorrect, and that the vessel made a less severe turn than initially reported.

• A 16-year-old boy scrambled over an airport fence, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii – a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet.

• Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders in Kiev Tuesday that the United States stands with them against “humiliating threats” and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government.

• An air search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was suspended for a day due to stormy weather on Tuesday as the painstakingly slow sonar scanning of a targeted patch of seabed continued.


Retired FBI agent on the pressure cooker and the victories of law enforcement

Stephanie Miller gets an inside look into the process of terror investigations from retired FBI agent Chris Kerr. He tells Stephanie that he’s surprised this kind of attack didn’t happen sooner after 9/11 and that it shows the “victories of various law enforcement agencies.” Stephanie asks if the pressure cooker implies anything. Kerr responds that it’s tempting to say it’s “a lone wolf or an unsophisticated group of people,” but a sophisticated group could have used this device to “throw investigators off the trail.”



George Zimmerman, OJ Simpson, Obama’s Racial Optimism, and Bush Obama America – David J Dent

David J Dent

There is a short letter to the editor in the Orlando Sentinel in which a Florida resident was devastated and shocked by the verdict. She wrote: “…the jurors were offered two paths to follow in coming to their decision regarding …guilt or innocence…the well-traveled path of racism and vengeance. It is a clear path, because many people, both black and white, have traveled it before….,  the more difficult path leading to justice and equality for all… hasn’t been traveled often, and it is precarious and exhausting to follow. Perhaps the jurors were just too tired to choose that path…I had hoped that these jurors, with all the world watching, would courageously make the tougher choice. I am so disappointed. Yet, something inside me says, Maybe next time.”

The letter writer was not referring to the Zimmerman case. The letter appeared in the newspaper on October 6, 1995, a couple of days after a predominantly black jury found OJ Simpson not guilty. Over the past week, I could not escape thoughts of the OJ Simpson trial when thinking of Zimmerman. There is a chilling dissimilarity in looking at the media coverage of the responses to both ... Continue Reading