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Monday, 20 August 2012

ABC News: ABC Evening News: A Few Days Before The 1972 Democratic Convention

Here's a reason to watch ABC Now if you are a political junky. There was simply no way that the Democratic Party was going to win the 1972 presidential election. Even if you could get past the facts that President Richard Nixon was ending the Vietnam War, that his policies to talk to and work with Russia and China were paying off and that the American economy was still relatively healthy. But the state of the Democratic Party was the main issues for Democrats in 72. The emerging that I at least would call socialist New-Left that backed Senator George McGovern for president who went out his way to have this fringe political faction behind him. Combined with what was left of the Southern right-wing base in the party that backed Governor George Wallace. And the traditional New Deal/Great Society progressive coalition that was behind Senator Hubert Humphrey.

Democrats and Senator George McGovern were so desperate to get attention and support behind their campaign that they tried to make Watergate an issue in the summer and fall of 72. Even though most of the country hadn't even heard of the Watergate Hotel yet, let alone the burglary there. Landslides tend to happen at least at the presidential level when you have a fairly popular president which is what Richard Nixon was for most of 1972, with a large percentage of the country believing things are going well. Facing a divided opposition party like the Democratic Party in 72. That couldn't decide who their presidential nominee was going to be and which faction of the party would get it until they got to the convention itself. Opposition parties need to be united behind a leader in order to defeat the President of the United States. Which is not what the Democrats were in 72.

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Salon: Erik Nelson- Breaking Bad: Mike Blows it

Salon: Erik Nelson- Breaking Bad: Mike Blows it

Thats one thing that’s great about Breaking Bad, is you never know where its going. This is a show that I at least perfectly believes represents the time that it was part of perhaps as well if not better than any other show ever created. Comes on the air in 2008 at the start of the Great Recession. Bryan Cranston, plays Walter White, a middle-age high school science teacher in New Mexico. Who has just been diagnosed with cancer and will need hundreds of thousands of dollars of treatment in order to survive it and beat it. The problem he has is that he’s a forty-thousand-dollar a year high school teacher. Who has health insurance from his school, but that is only going to go so far. 2008-09, pre-Affordable Care Act. You could only use so much health insurance in dollars at that point before you got cut off. His wife at the time is a homemaker and they have a teenage son.

This is where I believe this show gets real, so to speak. How many other Americans are going through similar circumstances, at least at this point. Come down with an illness that they simply can’t afford to take care of. Even though they have a middle class job that comes with real benefits. What Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) has going for him is that he’s a science teacher. And is in touch with one of his former students who is now a small time drug dealer and criminal. And they decide to go into the illegal narcotics business by making meth. So Walter can survive financially, as well as physically. And they end up becoming pretty successful in New Mexico as meth dealers even though they have to deal with so many risks, dangers and stress of this business.

Breaking Bad is about as dramatic and real as a show gets, but its like watching a comedy every week. Or at least a dramatic comedy with very funny people and not just Bryan Cranston, but Dean Norris who plays Walter’s brother in-law and Skyler’s brother. As well as Bob Odenkirk and many others. And this show gives you a very entertaining and humorous look at the New Mexico meth business. And what people might do if they’re absolutely desperate and believe they have no way out. And have to take huge risks like being caught and being sent away to prison for decades. Or being killed by sellers and dealers who want to screw you, or see you as some threat. Where there’s no one you can trust, perhaps especially your family. Because you don’t want anyone to find out.