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Anybody else have a lousy fucking Christmas?

Fuck that day, really.

So, I wanted to do my part for the American economy, ordered a new 2020 Ford Escape on Oct 17.....

here it is nine weeks later and still no car. The dealership can't even give me an estimated delivery date.

When I ordered it I was told it would take 5 to 8 weeks... "closer to 5"... and I've already had to change two long distance trips because I don't have the car.

Something wrong with that business model, Ford. I'm so pissed I'm about to cancel my order, get my deposit back for breach of contract, and go over to Honda to buy one of their excellent small SUV's.

Did I just hear Al Franken correctly? About Lindsey?

"Lindsey Graham is a shoplifter. It's a compulsion. I've been with him when he goes into a pottery store and takes things. And he's on tape."

WTF

Newtown High School wins state football championship on this painful day

i.e. the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.

Won with a long touchdown pass on the last play of the game, finishing with a perfect 13-0 season.

Have we seen "The Devil Next Door"? What do we think of John Demjanjuk?

I happen to think that, yes, he was "Ivan the Terrible"... but I would not have voted to convict him in that first Israeli "show trial".

I certainly don't agree with the Israeli prosecutors that the Treblinka survivors should have been automatically believed. Undoubtedly they were traumatized by Treblinka, but science tells us that human memory is a complicated and not necessarily reliable thing. And one of the witnesses was SO eager that justice would be done to Ivan that he had already boasted about having killed the monster himself.

I also would have thought then, as I do now, that KGB documentary evidence against Ukrainian defectors should not be taken at face value. Yes, I probably would have agreed with the Israeli national hysteria at the time that Demjanjuk was, in fact, Ivan the Terrible; however, unlike the rabble thirsty for revenge I believe in the judicial primacy of "reasonable doubt", especially when the Court was bold enough to be very specific in its charges about the man's identity. Instead, the Israelis should have just tried him as a vile, inhuman Sobibor gas chamber monster and hanged him on THAT basis. He would have gotten the punishment he deserved even when it cost Israel the satisfaction of nabbing the notorious Ivan.

It was only later, upon the discovery of documentary evidence from fellow Ukrainian gas chamber workers naming Ivan the Terrible as "Ivan Marchenko" that all doubt would have been removed. I agree with the Israeli prosecutor that the fact that Demjanjuk had used the alias "Ivan Marchenko" could not have been a mere coincidence.

But I guess I posted all this because I most wanted to comment on the mindset of Demjanjuk's grandson, who excuses away Demjanjuk's crimes at Sorbibor and Trawniki as the acts of somebody just looking to survive. This, I'm afraid, is how monsters come to and stay in power: they need foot soldiers who are willing to cast aside all morality for the sake of survival, and then affiliate and familial bystanders to make excuses for it all. The cowardice amounts to complicity. And that message seems particularly relevant these days.
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