Open Thread for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A lot going on at this hour. Perhaps you’ll want to discuss one of these topics:

  1. Continuing bad craziness in SC Senate — So they postponed the vote on Yancey McGill today. The State says they postponed the vote making him lt. gov., but surely they mean making him president pro tem, after which he would automatically become Gov Lite on McConnell’s departure. This is ostensibly to allow some Republicans a chance to contest the post, because you know, there are Republicans who think the sun won’t rise tomorrow if a Democrat occupies an almost meaningless statewide post for seven months. Which is ridiculous, but there it is. On the other hand, the delay might be about sorting out votes on whether Leatherman or Martin replaces the person who is automatically demoted to Gov Lite. So. As I said. Both bad, and crazy.
  2. Lexington Sheriff Metts indicted — By a federal grand jury, on charges of accepting bribes and abuse of his position. Wow. Metts has been sheriff of Lexington County since forever.
  3. U.S. captures top Benghazi suspect — Translation for some of our Republican friends — this means one of the attackers, not the Obama administration. So don’t get all excited.

Or whatever y’all prefer to talk about.


21 thoughts on “Open Thread for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      That would be more impressive had she not started out saying she never expected anyone to criticize the Bergdahl deal — which one most assuredly does NOT have to be a Republican to have problems with…

    2. Bart

      And she has the same credibility as Hannity, O’Reilly, Schultz, and any other paid political pundit. Basically, none whatsoever.

      1. Harry Harris

        No, there’s a big difference. She’s biased. The others consistently lie, distort, and quote erroneous sources as though they were fact.

        1. Bart

          I will respond with my same comment: “And she has the same credibility as Hannity, O’Reilly, Schultz, and any other paid political pundit. Basically, none whatsoever.”

          Biased? And when one is biased, it is their practice to lie, distort, and use erroneous sources to support their bias. So, what is your point?

          As for intellect, all of the ones I listed are intelligent and perceptive, left wing or right wing. It is not my practice to pollute my mind with their drivel and would be loath to use any of them to make a point. It would be the height of intellectual dishonesty.

      2. Brad Warthen Post author

        I treat them all equally — I don’t watch any of them.

        Although I will say in Ms. Maddow’s defense — while I disagree with her, strongly, much of the time (possibly most of the time, but I don’t see her enough to gauge that), I’ve been impressed by her intellect and perception on the occasions when I do see or hear her. Ever since she interviewed me once, back in her radio days…

      1. Doug Ross

        Mayor Benjamin and strippers? I’d rather face a jury than my wife in that situation. Never understood the fascination with strippers. It’s men treating women as objects and the strippers treating the men as marks for money. If you think a stripper is interested in you in any way, tell her you have no money and see what happens.

        1. Kathryn Fenner

          Judge Benjamin is reportedly well aware of her husband’s predilections, and vocally unhappy about them….

          1. Doug Ross

            I’m sure his kids will get a kick out of seeing daddy’s name on the paper. “Mommy, what’s a champagne room?”

        2. Silence

          That goes for non-strippers, too. I ain’t sayin’ she’s a gold digger, but she ain’t messing’ with no broke…

  1. bud

    I cannot remember who was sheriff before Metts. He was sheriff the same time as Frank Powell in Richland County. Maybe this explains why he hung on so long. It was just too lucrative.

  2. Brad Warthen

    Metts has been sheriff not only since before I came to SC to be governmental affairs editor at The State, but before I was a newspaperman anywhere. Since before my grandchildren were born, before my children were born, before I was married, before I met my wife.

    OK, maybe I was working on the school paper at Memphis State. But if so, I had just started…

  3. Rose

    I think the fact that he threatened to pull his investigators off a case of a missing child because he didn’t like the mother’s attitude says an awful lot about him. WIS had the recording of their conversation in 2007:

    Sheriff Metts: “What do you want me to do? Someone’s got to hold your hand, or out working?”
    Gutierrez Garnsey: “Listen here. I don’t need you to hold me hand. I – and I don’t need you to get smart with me either.”
    Sheriff Metts: “I’m not going to get smart with you but you’re not going to get smart with me either lady. I’ve been up all night long working on your case and I don’t need your smart mouth.”
    Gutierrez Garnsey: “Oh really?”
    Sheriff Metts: “No.”
    Gutierrez Garnsey: “When I ask you questions I need answers.”
    Sheriff Metts: “We’ll give you answers when we got answers to give. Now you mess with me, I’ll pull all my people off and we’ll go home and go to bed and forget about your case.”
    Gutierrez Garnsey: “What could the president do about that? You mean to tell me that if I mess with you – you would pull all your people off this case, and go home and forget about my child?”
    Sheriff Metts: “That’s right.”

  4. bud

    Does anyone remember the television movie “Nightmare in Columbia County”? It starred William Devane as Sheriff Metts and Jeri Ryan as Dawn Smith. Metts was portrayed as the hero who captured Larry Gene Bell after he murdered Shari Smith and a Debra May Helmick back in 1985. The Smith girls father was the director of the highway safety office with the Highway Patrol.


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