Thursday, July 01, 2004


Breslin on Misplaced Anger
The last time I saw Joel Steinberg was when he came through a door from the detention pens and into the courtroom with cigarette smoke streaming from his nostrils. He looked like the Devil. He was being convicted of a Devil's crime, killing a little girl.

Yesterday, he was all over television because he was released from 16 years in an upstate prison.

The news industry tried to stir people over the release of such a certified Devil. Few seemed to understand that, under the law, you had to release Steinberg.
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He is one of those subjects on which you waste anger that should be directed elsewhere, such as at a president who is getting our young killed.
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All day, television showed Steinberg's arrival on Riverside Drive. So many people were watching with anger that precedes a person settling into celebrity. The anger was misdirected. Steinberg killed one person, 17 years ago. And we have a president who has people getting killed almost every day, young people who went into a war we should never have started and there are, what? almost 1,000 dead, and the blood is on George Bush's hands.

Bush is the worst president the country has had.

He has the most limited mind of anybody we've had.

Compare his stuttering to Bill Clinton's 953-page book. It is a book by a man with an endless curiosity, with no subject out of his reach.

Bush has the imagination of a stuffed chair. If you put all the things in which he has an interest into a book, it would be as thin as a slice of white bread.
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All day, television showed Steinberg's arrival on Riverside Drive. So many people were watching with anger that precedes a person settling into celebrity. The anger was misdirected. Steinberg killed one person, 17 years ago. And we have a president who has people getting killed almost every day, young people who went into a war we should never have started and there are, what? almost 1,000 dead, and the blood is on George Bush's hands.

Bush is the worst president the country has had.

He has the most limited mind of anybody we've had.

Compare his stuttering to Bill Clinton's 953-page book. It is a book by a man with an endless curiosity, with no subject out of his reach.

Bush has the imagination of a stuffed chair. If you put all the things in which he has an interest into a book, it would be as thin as a slice of white bread.
I love Jimmy Breslin, I share his outrage and "imagination of a stuffed chair" is a nice touch, however, he seems edgier than usual here. Hang in there Jimmy, we need you for the long haul.

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