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Thursday, 13 September 2012

David Von Pein: Jack Paar Show: Robert F. Kennedy- March 13th, 1964

Jack Paar & Bobby Kennedy
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, a few months after his brother President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Goes on NBC's the Jack Parr Show. I guess he wanted to get back to living a normal life, or as normal of a life that a public official can have in America and get out of the funk he was in from losing his brother and did it in a big way by going on Jack Parr. And trying to communicate to the world that he and his family were doing okay, or as well as they could be doing after seeing one of their family members assassinated. And Bobby Kennedy came back in a big way in 1964. RFK wanted to make his life worth serving again the only way he knew how outside of his family. By serving the public and being involved in public affairs. He was already Attorney General of the United States, but had other interests as well.

As Attorney General, RFK was influential in getting the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress. His speech at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, resigning from office right after that and running for U.S. Senate in New York. Where he wins there, partially thanks to President Johnson's landslide victory over Barry Goldwater with New York being one of those States. So Bobby Kennedy not only came back in 1964, but came back in a big public way that few other people would've been able to come back from after a tragedy. Like losing a sibling in the manner that he did. The Jack Paar Show, was perfect for RFK. Because Jack was a very funny man, but also up to date on current affairs and interested in them. And was Bobby Kennedy being a Kennedy with their famous wit and intelligence.

1964, was a very depressing and yet liberating year for Bob Kennedy. First, he was Attorney General, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States, but for a man he hated. President Lyndon Johnson, who was President Kennedy's Vice President. LBJ, not exactly best friends with RFK, but at least he let the Attorney General do his job. Unlike RFK who was always undermining any authority and responsibility that LBJ had as Vice President. But that is really a different discussion and perhaps debate, especially for RFK loyalists. RFK, didn't want to work for President Johnson and that is one reason why he decided to run for the Senate in 1964. And restore some freedom over his own personal life and career. And going on Jack Paar in early 1964, was the start of RFK returning to public life again.

Salon: How to Pick a Losing Fight

How to pick a losing fight

Assuming Mitt Romney loses he should write a book after the election on how to lose elections. And get Sarah Palin to write the forward as well as someone to help her with the spelling and grammar. This book would be a bestseller that I'm sure a lot of Republicans would get a lot out of in the future.

CBS Sports: Bears at Packers Preview: Renewal of a Great Rivalry, Will The Packers Defense Show Up



The Green Bay Packers proved in 2011 that you can have the best offense in the league and not be good enough to even get to the Conference Final. Even when you are 15-1 in the Regular Season because once you are in the playoffs, for the most part you play nothing but really good teams. And in a lot of cases you play complete teams that are good on both offense and defense, which is what the Packers. Played in the NFC Divisional Playoff against the New York Giants, so you are playing teams that can move the ball on offense and score points but are also good enough on defense. That if they don't stop you consistently, they can at least force you to make mistakes and take advantage of those mistakes. Force you to commit turnovers and score points off of them and move the ball well enough on offense to give their defense a break. Which is what happened to the Packers against the Giants against in the playoffs last year, playoff football is simply different then the Regular Season. Which I've already laid out and for the Packers to be a Super Bowl contender in 2012, the Packer defense is going to have to step up.

What the Packers showed last week against a team that was good on both sides of the ball in the San Francisco 49ers. Is that the Packers don't have a championship caliber defense at least not yet and the 49ers do and are good enough on offense to be a serious contender in the NFC. And the Packers will get a serious test in the Chicago Bears Thursday night and a chance to see if their defense. Can adjust and play well against a solid offense in the Bears especially with QB Jay Cutler and can the defense bounce back and take the next step.