Just Mercy

I’ve just watched the 16 October edition of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The special guest for the day was Bryan Stevenson.

Mr Stevenson was being interviewed because he has a new book about to be released, Just Mercy, about his work as a lawyer defending the poor and underprivileged in the USA. Towards the end of the interview he said this, which I think is worth noting:

We’re all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done… … I believe if somebody tells a lie, they’re not just a liar. If they take something that doesn’t belong to them, they’re not just a thief. And even if you kill somebody, you’re not just a killer. And we’ve got an obligation to respect that other thing you are.

Land of The Free (7): The Lady Vote

I picked this item up from watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Republicans have started a new campaign that compares voting to choosing a wedding dress. Here’s one of the ads:

The ad is mind-boggling in its inanity. I can’t believe that anyone would not see these ads are offensive, demeaning and patronising to women. But apparently the College National Republican Committee who paid for it doesn’t think so.

Here’s a link to the Daily Show piece. It’s on the ComedyCentral UK site, so quality is pretty crappy.