If you're looking for a visual to sum up 2013, you should picture someone in a raincoat, a partially open raincoat, standing before you, flashing you. 2013 was all about exposure.
Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Pants On The Ground" from July 3rd captures that.
NSA whistle-blower Ed Snowden exposed Barack Obama's illegal spying.
It shocked a number of people -- not just Americans but around the world. Outrage was expressed by the leaders of Bolivia, Brazil and Germany.
Ed's actions didn't just expose what the government was doing it secret, it also resulted in exposing what the government was doing publicly.
Like Senator Dianne Feinstein who is the oldest member of the Senate and whose excuses for the spying and minimization of it exposed her as not just an old fool but an old fool who needs to retire.
Feinstein isn't fit to serve in the Senate anymore. She snarled early on in the aftermath of the initial revelations, "He took an oath!" DiFi took an oath to uphold the Constitution. She took that oath every time she was re-elected. Did she not understand what an oath was?
Instead of fighting for the American people and/or the Constitution, she defined her role as discovering new ways to justify breaking the law or, worse, lying.
That may have been the greatest public obscenity of 2013 -- a politician with no real rivals who skips to re-election over and over can't find the backbone to stand up.
Ed's revelations also led to MSNBC's self exposure.
The entertainment network tries to pass itself off as a news network.
It's not news.
What is it?
Bad seventies daytime TV.
Endless talk shows with really ugly hosts who send you fleeing.
Among others, Ed Schultz, Melissa Lie Face Lacewell-Harris-Perry, Lawrence O'Donnell and Alex Wagner have attacked Ed Snowden.
On Alex's show, big mouth Melissa screamed and yelled, waved her hands around wildly as she insisted that Ed Snowden was "dangerous" to the United States by not staying in the United States after his whistle-blowing became public. Yes, she really said that: "But this going on the run thing, this is different. This is dangerous to our country."
How so, Melissa?
How could it be dangerous to the country?
Let's say Ed committed murder and he left the US and sought asylum elsewhere.
You might argue he escaped justice, but you couldn't argue his actions were "dangerous to our country" since having a criminal out of the US would presumably make the country safer. That is one of the points of prison, after all, that the criminal is removed from society.
Even more distressing, Melissa babbled on for 14 seconds shy of two minutes. She was part of the MSNBC lynch mob in that segment which also included Alex Wagner who ganged up on WikiLeaks spokesperson Krstinn Hrafnsson.
"Do you want to respond to Melissa's points?" asked Wagner.
He did and he got to speak for 18 seconds before Melissa began yelling and cutting him off. And host Wagner let Melissa do that.
Host Wagner had just given Hrafnsson the floor to respond to Melissa's 106 second verbal tirade and he only got 18 seconds worth of comment before Melissa screamed and yelled and took over the discourse.
Wagner is a lousy host.
She has no manners. She's strange looking -- what's going on with that nasal construction right below eye level on the bridge? It's like she's got a fake nose on top of a real nose. There's a clear line between the 'two' and it only becomes more noticeable when she dips her head down. Worst of all, she asked her guest Hrafnsson -- her only real guest, MSNBC employees appearing on the show are employees, not guests -- Wagner asked her guest to stop speaking so that Melissa could continue ranting and screaming. (Wagner will deny asking him to stop. When Melissa's screaming and Wagner pats his hand to get him to stop talking, that's asking him to stop talking.)
And then there was MSNBC's Sgt Schultz. Big Ed.
He called Ed Snowden various names including "coward" and "punk."
Punk has many meanings.
For some reason watching Schultz froth at the mouth, it really seemed he was using the word in the sense that he probably did in school -- "punk" as code for a gay man.
And I'd fear Schultz was doing that because he wanted to f**k Ed Snowden were it not for the fact that, to do so, Schultz would need a penis and as obese as Schultz is, it's clear he hasn't seen his penis in years, that big belly probably prevents him from even seeing his toes when he's standing up.
Of course, Lawrence O'Donnell had to rant and rave repeatedly throughout the year and, as it closed, managed to squeeze in yet another attack. He and Joy Reid acted as a tag team going after Ed Snowden last week. At one point, Joy Reid insisted the whistle-blower was overreacting because, "They haven't outlawed sex." Having cited her worst fear of government abuse, Reid then went on to insist, "They
haven't outlawed speaking against the government."
To watch MSNBC, of course, you'd never know that it was still legal to speak against the White House.
People talk a lot.
Some say our society is too violent.
With school shootings and Barack killing people with drones as well as all the various wars, I would agree completely.
Some would carp about violent films and video games and their impact on society.
I'm far more disturbed by MSNBC.
And probably more disturbed by Goldie Taylor than anyone else on MSNBC when it comes to this.
She likes to use violent imagery.
She's infamous for this year's "open season" Tweet regarding a jury verdict she disagreed with.
Speaking of the economy on MSNBC, she declared, "[. . .] it's as if they [Republicans] stuck dynamite on the bridge, blew it up and
then dared people to cross to the other side of the canyon on their own."