Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rashomon, Ferguson and the NLRB

I was on Bennett this morning.
I know, "What's new?".
Well, I'm pretty pleased with how it went, and if you're interested, you can listen.
First I remarked on Ferguson and the movie Rashomon.
In Ferguson, we hear many different tellings of the same tale.
Brown attacked the cop, the cop shot Brown, Brown was 30 feet away and undeserving of being shot, Brown was charging at the officer, many different points of view.
I was reminded of the movie Rashomon.

I'll save you the trouble: Rashomon.
It's a movie about four witnesses describing the same event differently.
The trick is who to believe.
I actually mis-remembered the plot, thinking that each character was correct in their description of what they saw, only from a different perspective.
Turns out I was wrong.
You heard it here first.
If Duck comments, he'll correct me.
The Rashomon segment.
BTW, Rashomon was remade as a Western, The Outrage, with Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Edward G. Robinson, and William Shatner.

At the end of that I wanted Bill to ask his next guest, Peter Kirsanow, who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board, to comment on the effects of the Supreme Court ruling (9-0) that Obama's recess appointment to that board was illegal and invalid.
Bill did, and Peter was glad he did.
More than I imagined, there were some major ramifications to that ruling that have not been reported.
The Kirsanow segment (in which I have no speaking role).


  1. Well done as always sir! Thanks!

  2. Sorry to go off topic, but: Just wanted to say I hope you have a great day today. :)

  3. Oops. That was me, Fred.

  4. Did you know it's my birthday? Thanks Fred.

  5. You and the C-130 --Happy Birthday!!

  6. Just some food for thought about the need for calm relfection on our condition:

    The Economist reported last week, in an article on armed U.S. police, that “last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times.” The number three resonated when the private autopsy of Michael Brown, the teenager killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson this month, concluded that Brown was shot at least six times. Many tweets contrasted the numbers, saying Wilson had fired more shots at Brown than British police officers discharged in all of 2013.

  7. Yeah, Ed, Rashomon is essential. However, the woodcutter provides some hope at the end when he takes the baby. I see no such hope arising from Ferguson.

    If you are interested in the theme also try Bertolucci's La commare secca.