Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Feast of the Hostage Taker

What Krugman says... again. Expect another epic cave. But, hey, what do the dirty fucking hippies know anyway, right?

Held Hostage Over the Debt Ceiling - NYTimes.com:
"But the president can’t call the extortionists’ bluff unless he’s willing to confront them, and accept the associated risks.

According to Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, Mr. Obama has told Democrats not to draw any “line in the sand” in debt negotiations. Well, count me among those who find this strategy completely baffling. At some point — and sooner rather than later — the president has to draw a line. Otherwise, he might as well move out of the White House, and hand the keys over to the Tea Party."

Daily Kos: Krugman gets this right:



Charges Against the N.S.A.’s Thomas Drake : The New Yorker:
"When President Barack Obama took office, in 2009, he championed the cause of government transparency, and spoke admiringly of whistle-blowers, whom he described as “often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government.” But the Obama Administration has pursued leak prosecutions with a surprising relentlessness. Including the Drake case, it has been using the Espionage Act to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national-security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous Administrations combined. The Drake case is one of two that Obama’s Justice Department has carried over from the Bush years.

Gabriel Schoenfeld, a conservative political scientist at the Hudson Institute, who, in his book “Necessary Secrets” (2010), argues for more stringent protection of classified information, says, “Ironically, Obama has presided over the most draconian crackdown on leaks in our history—even more so than Nixon.”"

Looky! Someone is feeling all mavericky again. Good effort, St. McCain, but your legacy from hence forth will be known as Palinized. And please tell your daughter to stop calling people 'honey'. She's a 20-something from Arizona, not a 50-something waitress from Tupelo.

McCain: Torture did not lead to bin Laden | The Raw Story


Don't tell me what to never do.

Dr. Mardy Grothe: 'Neverisms': 11 Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, Never Forget (PHOTOS)


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