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Rocks In The Attic #537: Bill Cosby – ‘Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow…Right!’ (1963)

rita537The other week, during the Auckland leg of A Conversation On Making A Murderer, with lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, the talk turned to the subject of jury selection.

The problem in the second decade of the 21st century is that smartphones are everywhere, and access to social media and instant news media is so high that it’s getting to be harder and harder to find a truly impartial set of jurors for some cases.

Strang’s great example was the raft of sexual allegations against Bill Cosby. He claimed that of the thousand or so attendees to the show that night, any judge would find it hard to select twelve impartial jurors to stand at Cosby’s trial.

“This is Mr. Huxtable, or whatever he’s called…” Strang said.

Dr. Huxtable!” I wanted to shout out.

“…he was our friend,” Strang continued. “He came into our house every night and made us laugh.”

And he did. He made people laugh around the world. In America though he would have been more than just a household name, he would have been part of the household. It’ll be interesting to see how America deals with Cosby, if a trial ever happens…

Hit: A Nut In Every Car

Hidden Gem: Noah: Right!

Rocks In The Attic #535: Various Artists – ‘Six Presidents Speak – A Profile Of The Presidency’ (1972)

rita535This record seemed apt, given what happened last Wednesday. Donald Trump winning the U.S. election feels like some kind of bad dream – like an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, or the alternate-1985 Biff Tannen from Back To The Future Part II writ large. Surely we’ll all wake up from our collective nightmare soon…

A couple of friends and I were in Auckland city attending a show when Wednesday’s results were coming to a conclusion. We were watching A Conversation On Making A Murderer, with Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, the lawyers of Steven Avery from the Netflix show. What an odd thing to be at, while the western world was slowly falling apart.

Not surprisingly, the conversation regularly switched from the specifics of the Avery case and the documentary, to a wider discussion on justice and the present state of America. Strang and Buting made many a reference to the election, and it almost seemed to make some kind of sense when they suggested that any country where an innocent man like Avery can languish in prison all his life can elect a man like Trump.

My friend Justin had a quick surreptitious check of the results on his phone during the show, but despite expecting the big comeback from Clinton – because surely, surely, Trump can’t win – we turned our phones back on at the show’s conclusion to the horror that it had been called in Trump’s favour.

Who knows what’s to going to happen now? It’s scary enough that a Republican is in the White House, but Trump isn’t even a Republican, despite what it says on the ticket. He’s not even a politician; he’s a businessman. Half of the Republican party seems to have turned their back on him in the run-up to the election. I wonder if they’ll greet him with open arms now.

I picked up this record from a charity shop for a dollar. It features soundbites from each of the six presidents between 1933 and 1974 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S .Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

Tricky Dicky almost sounds like a saint now, compared to you know who…

Hit: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country – John F. Kennedy

Hidden Gem: The fact that Nixon’s middle name was Milhous – I’d forgotten this!