Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bachmann, Zimmerman, Luis Ruiz and the Sweat Factor

Where do we find these fiends?

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and a few of her pals have accused an aid to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of being part of a subversive Islamic plot to infiltrate the United States government. The gentlewoman from Minnesota claimed Huma Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and they are intent on waging a secret and internal jihad on the pillars of American government. She says she is concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood's and other radical organizations access to top Obama administration officials. In letters to five different U.S. agencies she would have us believe that at least three of Abedin's relatives have close associations with the Brotherhood. Well actually it is two, because the third, her father, died twenty some odd years ago.

The first to respond was crusty old John McCain. On the floor of the senate he said, among other things, that the charges were "an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman." McCain has personal knowledge of this sort of hysteria driven nonsense. When he was in the thick of the primary race against George W. Bush twelve years ago the Cheney/Rove axis of evil ran a series of push polls in South Carolina. They accused McCain of fathering a black child out of wedlock. They also made sure to tell republicans in the Palmetto State that his wife Cindy was a drug addict, that McCain himself was a homosexual and that he was either a traitor, or his stay in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp had unhinged him mentally.

After McCain's speech things slid further downhill for Bachmann. The arch conservative Ed Rollins, that would be the same Ed Rollins who chaired her short lived presidential campaign, wrote this on the Fox News web site: "Having worked with congressman Bachmann's campaign for president I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is down right vicious and reaches the late senator Joseph McCarthy's level." He also threw out terms like "extreme and dishonest," but by then I think almost everyone had caught his drift.

Bachmann, who refused to answer questions put to her by CNN, issued a statement saying her letters were being "distorted."

Elsewhere, George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was interviewed by the eminent journalist Sean Hannity. In his recounting of the events of that night Zimmerman said, "I feel it was all God's plan."

Mr. Zimmerman did not speculate about what other plans the Creator of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen, might have for him. Perhaps running amok with a fully automatic weapon at an Omega Psi Phi convention is in the near future. After all everyone there will look suspicious.

In addition, Mr. Hannity apparently has no plans to interview the young Mr. Martin who has, since his death, remained mum about the incident.

Here in Oklahoma City prosecutors have asked for and been given a ten day delay in the matter of officially charging Luis E. Ruiz with the murder of Carina Saunders. In a story in The Oklahoman by Tim Willert, it is reported that Bethany police detective Austin Warfield asked for the extension, "due to the enormity of the case and new evidence that has arisen."

The suspicion that the thirty plus man Bethany police department might be in over their heads on this deal is starting to nag at the gut. Under normal circumstances the department's main focus is on traffic violations and the occasional possession charge. An investigation into a killing that is connected to a wide spread gang conspiracy that includes drug distribution, human trafficking, prostitution and horrifying mayhem could be reasonably construed as not their forte.

Of course there are no Professor Moriartys out there in real life. And in the end everyone talks to someone and that someone will rat them out.

It has been a sweaty week and there are more triple digit temperatures forecast. Perhaps global warming can be blamed for all this savage buffoonery. It has to be something either in the air or the drinking water. Surely we aren't this way normally.

At least I hope not.


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