It’s Friday, ya bastids!
Someone has evidently hacked into the emails of the Bush family, and is posting emails and pictures (see below) that the Bushes sent. Can’t we let George W. Bush have his privacy? I know... he didn’t want to give us our privacy, what with the domestic spying and all, but we should be above all of that. It’s not like George W. Bush is going to be involved in current affairs of state or public policy. He was barely involved in affairs of state and public policy when he was president!
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, was grilled by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday about drone strikes. President Obama has turned over to the Senate Intelligence Committee the Justice Department memo with the legal justification for the targeted killings. A legal memo! Bringing in lawyers really makes this whole “targeted killing” thing suddenly seem very seedy.
Some Senators complained that there was too little transparency about the targeted killing program. Well, it is being called the “targeted killing program.” That’s pretty transparent. At least they’re not using mob-style euphemisms like calling it the “sleeps with the fishes program.” At least we live in a country where we can openly discuss a program to kill people. Hey, we live in a country where we’re constantly killing each other with guns. We could spend the entire defense budget on drone strikes for a decade and not come close to the number of people we kill right here in America every year with gun violence.
The ex-cop who allegedly went on a cop-killing spree has issued a rage-filled manifesto. Is there any other kind of manifesto? It seems that nobody ever writes a manifesto when they’re in a lighthearted mood—I’ve never heard of a “whimsical manifesto.” A manifesto is essentially like one of those angry post-it notes that people put on the break room fridge, but expanded to 20-plus pages. The difference is that the angry post-it notes are at least rational. Manifestos tend to be completely crazy. The government isn’t reading your mind with radio waves, but it’s perfectly plausible that somebody ate your leftover kung-pao chicken.
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Among the stranger of Bush family images leaked are two self-portraits of George W. Bush bathing that he sent to his sister (more)...