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Sunday Talking Heads: January 27, 2013

Alan Turing, age 16

Buenos dias, I hope your house is warmer than mine.

Codebreaker is Movie Night Monday’s offering, the story of Alan Turing. He was a giant of a mind and it’s shocking that he was driven to suicide at the relatively young age of 41 just because he was gay. He was frank about his sexuality, all but negating the concern that that information could be used as blackmail against him; nevertheless he underwent chemical castration (good god). I can’t begin to imagine what we as a society lost because of of this idiotic prejudice. We owe him so much.

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A lot of contenders for the Talking Heads Sack O’ Crap Award here.

Is it the Clinton Guy Shocked by blowjobs (h/t Mr Pierce) and his non exclusive with Ol’ Gluehores himself?

Is it the Correspondent from the Court of the Sun King?

Maybe it’s the State of the Union w/disgraced and corrupt generals?

Disco Dave’s Dancin’ Disco Party with the Zombie eyed Grannie starver and demented DeMint?

Faux Noise with the extra religiosity general?


it’s a good thing McCain got a seat on Senate Foreign Relations Committe so as to give ABC an excuse to invite him to talk about last week’s big doings there.

If you want to know what bmaz thinks about McCain’s appearance, just google “*&%&*@#$^&*!!!”


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Foreign Relations Committee members Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)  and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).  RoundtableGeorge WillRep. David Schweikert (R-AZ); Donna Brazile; NPR “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep; and New Republic owner and publisher Chris Hughes. Plus, “Zero Dark Thirty” screenwriter and producer Mark Boal and Atlantic national correspondent Mark Bowden, best-selling author of “Blackhawk Down”.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Gun control Sen. Dianne Feinstein, then New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Followed by, Newt Gingrich and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)Roundtable: David Sanger and David Ignatius.

CHRIS HAYES:  Biden’s role in the Obama administration, filibuster reform and the second term agenda, comparing Obama then to Obama now. Gov. Dannell Malloy (D-CT). Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee. From 2009-2011, he served as director of the Office of Political Affairs for the Obama administration and served as the national political director of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Bill Burton, senior strategist with Priorities USA Action and Priorities USA, former deputy White House press secretary for President Obama. Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress. Jen Psaki, senior vice president and managing director at Global Strategy Group, former Obama White House deputy communications director. Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center for Budget & Policy Priorities. Served as the chief economist and policy adviser to Vice President Biden from 2009-2011.


CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Gen. (Ret.) Stanley McChrystalGen. (Ret.) Michael HaydenRoundtable: the future of the GOP.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:   Col. (Ret.) Martha McSally, U.S. Air Force and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, U.S Army on the Pentagon’s announcement allowing women to serve in combat. Then, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)RoundtableBrit Hume, Jeff Zeleny, Kimberly Strassel, Juan Williams.

MOYERS & COMPANY:  Foul Play in the Senate, and Today’s Abortion Debate. Bill explores Senate favoritism for Amgen,  the world’s largest biotech firm, and takes a deeper look at modern abortion rights activism.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Roundtable: Incoming President of the Heritage Foundation, former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC); President and CEO of the NAACP Ben JealousBob WoodwardAndrea MitchellTed Koppel.

NEWSMAKERS:  Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Armed Services Committee Ranking Member talks about key defense issues. Sen. Inhofe discusses next week’s confirmation hearing of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, women in combat roles, sequestration and its impact on the Pentagon, the defense budget, troop numbers in Afghanistan, the strength of al Qaeda, and the future of the U.S. military. Senator Inhofe succeeds Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the top Republican on the committee. He opposes the nomination of Senator Hagel to be defense secretary.

Q & A:  Cathy Lanier, the Chief of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department. She discusses the department’s growth in the last twenty-three years she has been a police officer. She talks about the homicide rate in the District of Columbia being the lowest number for the past fifty-one years. She describes the reasons for this number, and looks to the future growth of the area as an opportunity to add officers to the force…


60 MINUTES:  The President and the Secretary of State – President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appear in their first joint interview when they speak together to Steve Kroft. The Fall of Lance Armstrong – He confessed to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, but U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, says the evidence proves Lance Armstrong withheld the truth and lied to Winfrey on key issues. Tygart tells Scott Pelley that if the disgraced cyclist wants his lifetime ban lifted, he will have to tell all.

TO THE CONTRARY:  Panelists discuss the lift on the ban for women in combat positions. Then, we turn to the reaction to Hillary Clinton’s testimony on Benghazi this week. And, should Hollywood awards shows stop distinguishing between male and female performances?

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), Member of the House Judiciary Sub-Committee on Immigration and Border Security; Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America; Agustin Acosta, Defense Lawyer of Florence Cassez; Isabel Miranda de Wallace; President of the Civil Society Association “Alto al Secuestro”; Erika Andiola, Immigrant Advocate and Co-founder of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Dave Johnson and KagroX discuss developments of the week. Plus political satirist Culture of Truth comments on the most ridiculous moment from Meet the Press. Jay Ackroyd moderates. 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:   Documenting Desegregation: Racial and Gender Segregation in Private-Sector Employment Since the Civil Rights Act.  “Weaving strands of history, cognitive psychology, and demography, Documenting Desgregation provides a compelling exploration of the ways legislation can affect employer behavior and produce change. Authors Kevin Stainback and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey use a remarkable historical record—data from more than six million workplaces collected by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) since 1966—to present a sobering portrait of race and gender in the American workplace. Progress has been decidedly uneven.”  Come join co-author Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and host June Carbone for the discussion, 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’s MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  “Codebreaker  tells the story of one of the most important people of the 20th century.  Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped save two million lives.  Yet few people have heard his name, know his tragic story, or understand his legacy.  In 1954, Turing committed suicide at age 41 after being forced to undergo chemical castration to “fix” his sexual orientation.  He left behind a lasting legacy and lingering questions about what else he might have accomplished if society had embraced his unique genius instead of rejecting it.” Join host Lisa Derrick and her guest Executive Producer Patrick Sammon, 8pm ET, 5pm PT Monday evening.

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Photo courtesy of the Turing Digital Archive, in the public domain

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