The Zen of Eric Holder

Do androids dream of electric cattle prods?

“I share the President’s conviction that as a nation, we must, to the extent possible, look forward and not backward when it comes to issues such as these.”

Henceforth, the Department of Justice will cease the investigation and prosecution of past crimes, and focus exclusively on prosecuting crimes yet to be committed.

Holder: We’re Launching “Preliminary Review” Of Torture [TPM]
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This is pretty much what I read it as:
“Move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.”

Barry, a word of advice. I think I know why you’re trying to walk softly. The GOP is going to scream that it is ALL a political witch hunt and you don’t want that. Truth is, the Bush Admin owns a large piece of the shit pile you inherited and it needs to be dealt with.

Look at what the Goopers have done on pretty much everything you’ve done. They’ve shit themselves and turned everything political. At this point, why bother? The GOP in Congress has been about as predictable as the four seasons.

1) Initial warnings and threats
2) Lies and more lies
3) Hysterical Shrieking
4) Scilence and Deny the other 3 things happened when things sort of work out for you.

Come on! Barry, you’re relying too much on an outside game. You need to hammer inside and throw a few elbows (especially in this case) and drive for the net.

MC

Does this mean they’re canceling Cold Case?

Holy fuck!!!! Right now CNN is running a “debate” segment on these investigations, and the guests are:

(1) A guy from the Heritage Foundation
(2) A former Bush Homeland Security official

And that’s it… and surprise, surprise, they’re both opposed to the investigations.

Fucking worse than FOX.

This is complete bullshit.

@Serolf Divad:
So much for being Librul.

Kang and Kodos arguing about Alien Invasions has more credibility than that panel.

@Serolf Divad: Saw that just as I was leaving – horrible. All they needed to do was call Sheldon Whitehouse.

@blogenfreude: But that’s not the headline this partial investigation is generating. Rather, my local fishwrap screams “Investigation or Political Witch hunt?”

So much for the vaunted Message Factory of the HopeAMatic2008.

Eric, it doesn’t have to be complex.

Convict Bush and Cheney of treason.

Tie them face down with asses up.

Douse two weasels in lighter fluid. Ignite them.

Shove into the proffered assholes, one each.

Duct tape assholes closed.

Grab a beer and watch the fun.

@FlyingChainSaw:
from now on i’m writing in your name every single time i vote.

@Serolf Divad:
sorry i just spit coffee all over you…..i love cold case! philly! y’know.
leading the nation in murders, solving every one in 40 years!

@Serolf Divad: this is why I’ve abandoned cable news. leaving my TV on ESPN provides much less of a headache.

@Signal to Noise:
my husband is addicted to watching fox and all their cable friends.
i jump up and down screaming in front of the screen. he shakes his head without tearing his eyes away from tweety’s bubble gum face, and says,
“how can you drive by a train wreck without looking?”

what i’ll miss most about israel is rocky and bullwinkle.
jay ward is alive and well on cable here, cures everything.

@FlyingChainSaw: Why do you have to get the weasels involved? They didn’t hurt anyone. Use an inanimate object for anal ignition – maybe firecrackers?

Anybody read Larry Flynt’s manifesto over on Huffington Post? Oh god, what have we come to, only pornographers tell the truth anymore, check this out, this means you, Baked:

“The American government — which we once called our government — has been taken over by Wall Street, the mega-corporations and the super-rich. They are the ones who decide our fate. It is this group of powerful elites, the people President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “economic royalists,” who choose our elected officials — indeed, our very form of government. Both Democrats and Republicans dance to the tune of their corporate masters. In America, corporations do not control the government. In America, corporations are the government.

This was never more obvious than with the Wall Street bailout, whereby the very corporations that caused the collapse of our economy were rewarded with taxpayer dollars. So arrogant, so smug were they that, without a moment’s hesitation, they took our money — yours and mine — to pay their executives multimillion-dollar bonuses, something they continue doing to this very day. They have no shame. They don’t care what you and I think about them. Henry Kissinger refers to us as “useless eaters.”

. . .

The reason Wall Street was able to game the system the way it did — knowing that they would become rich at the expense of the American people (oh, yes, they most certainly knew that) — was because the financial elite had bribed our legislators to roll back the protections enacted after the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

Congress gutted the Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial lending banks from investment banks, and passed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which allowed for self-regulation with no oversight. The Securities and Exchange Commission subsequently revised its rules to allow for even less oversight — and we’ve all seen how well that worked out. To date, no serious legislation has been offered by the Obama administration to correct these problems.
. . .
Consider what multibillionaire banker David Rockefeller wrote in his 2002 memoirs:

“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

Read Rockefeller’s words again. He actually admits to working against the “best interests of the United States.”

Need more? Here’s what Rockefeller said in 1994 at a U.N. dinner: “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order.” They’re gaming us. Our country has been stolen from us.

Journalist Matt Taibbi, writing in Rolling Stone, notes that esteemed economist John Kenneth Galbraith laid the 1929 crash at the feet of banking giant Goldman Sachs. Taibbi goes on to say that Goldman Sachs has been behind every other economic downturn as well, including the most recent one. As if that wasn’t enough, Goldman Sachs even had a hand in pushing gas prices up to $4 a gallon.
. . .

I’m calling for a national strike, one designed to close the country down for a day. The intent? Real campaign-finance reform and strong restrictions on lobbying. Because nothing will change until we take corporate money out of politics. Nothing will improve until our politicians are once again answerable to their constituents, not the rich and powerful.

Let’s set a date. No one goes to work. No one buys anything. And if that isn’t effective — if the politicians ignore us — we do it again. And again. And again.

The real war is not between the left and the right. It is between the average American and the ruling class. If we come together on this single issue, everything else will resolve itself. It’s time we took back our government from those who would make us their slaves.”

@Prommie:
why me? you’re preaching to the pews, pal.

that rant sounds like one of my standard cocktail party/family dinner
conversations. why do you think i smoke so much pot?

@baked: You because I thought you would enjoy it.

@SanFranLefty: Use an inanimate object for anal ignition

One less chore tonight.

@Prommie:

yes, of course! you know me, it sounds like me…
stoned again!!!!

@nojo: I’m here to help. I do what I can.

@Prommie: A national strike? Great idea, but this isn’t France, pal. Few would stay home for political convictions. Now if we told them the baby jeebus had commanded it, AND there was a special Nascar event, we might get them to call in sick.

@Mistress Cynica:

that is both the saddest and funniest thing i read today

/weeping for humanity

@SanFranLefty: Nothing, except there can be few things more excruciating and horrific than an enraged weasel eating his way through you. And once free, the fur would grow back.

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