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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Stephen Colbert

We wish Stephen Colbert much success in his new gig.
But we shall miss his Comedy Central show and the Stephen Colbert we came to know and love. The finale to that show was simply wonderful.

And Elizabeth Warren posed on Facebook:

 Farewell Colbert Report and thank you Stephen! I'll always cherish our special moments of truthiness.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cat Food

Cat Food

Long ago some smart ass friends predicted, or teased, that when I got old I would be living on cat food. Well, now I'm old and find that the cat food we buy for our cat costs over $3 a pound, more than some meats. So now where can I turn?

Torture Report

Torture Report

Since the famous G-4 has not yet issued its evaluation of this issue, I will share some of my thoughts.

First, let me say that it is amusing to hear some politicians say that they are "shocked, shocked" to learn that this has been going on. Also, are they really surprised to find that a spy agency has lied to them?

Torture is abhorrent to American values. I think that we should never use it. Some argue that it produces actionable intelligence and should be used when necessary. The problem is that its usefulness is in dispute and that subjects often make things up to escape further pain. Even John Brennan, Director of CIA, admits that its effectiveness is "unknowable". Since there is no sure benefit, torture is out of the question.

We were wrong to torture other human beings. Who's to blame? Who should have been prosecuted?

The prime culprits were Bush and Cheney, not necessarily in that order. But no easy way to pursue them. Next, the lawyers who gave Bush and Cheney the opinions they wanted. These professionals should have been held to a higher standard than other actors. Censure, disbarment, or license suspension were possible appropriate actions.

The CIA agents who carried out the torture should not have been punished. They were complying with orders that they thought were legal. It would have been best for top CIA officials resign rather than carry out unlawful actions. Precedent was set when Attorney General Richardson and his deputy resigned rather than comply with Nixon's order to fire special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. (who had been one of my favorite law professors)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Danger

Motorists, Beware!

Inexplicably. the DMV just renewed my driver's license. And it is good until 2021!  (or death, whichever comes first)

Druids

Buried City Near Stonehenge Revealed

We Druids always knew it was there.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Police Killings

Wave of Protests After Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict Officer in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

This and the Mike Brown case in Ferguson illustrate a structural flaw in prosecuting cases against police officers. A grand jury generally acts as the prosecutor leads and asks them to do. The regular DA/prosecutor works with the police department regularly and often will have a conscious or unconscious bias in favor of police officers. So in all cases of death or serious injury in problematic circumstances, a special prosecutor should be appointed to handle the case.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Texas

"Texas Approves Disputed History Texts for Schools"

AND, TO THINK, WE ACTUALLY FOUGHT TO GET THIS STATE.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Eerguson

Ferguson

No Charges by Grand Jury; Crowds Confront Police

The police officer should be tried but may be guilty only of terribly bad judgment. The real villain here is the prosecutor, who had a clear conflict of interest . He sabotaged  the regular grand jury process and prevented a public trial into this tragic event. The prosecutor should have recused himself. The second place villain is the governor, who failed to remove this guy and appoint a special prosecutor.

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bill Cosby

SUB-ROSA NEWS
      Some of the news that's fit to print

Cosby Under Cloud; Sharpton Leaps to Defend

"I know how he feels" said Reverend Al.