I know you can. I know that. I don’t want to be assured


When People Talk, General Hayden Listens!
Warning: This cartoon may have undergone NSA monitoring

New Face, Old Evasion, Is 'waterboarding' still practiced by the CIA?

AT THE SENATE intelligence committee hearing Thursday on Gen. Michael V. Hayden's nomination to head the CIA, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked the nominee a simple question: Is "waterboarding" an acceptable interrogation technique? Gen. Hayden responded: "Let me defer that to closed session, and I would be happy to discuss it in some detail." That was the wrong answer. The right one would have been simple: No. Last year Congress banned cruel, degrading and inhumane treatment of detainees; one of its explicit aims was to stop the CIA's use of waterboarding, which induces an excruciating sensation of drowning and is considered by most human rights organizations to constitute torture. So why couldn't Gen. Hayden say clearly that the technique is now off-limits?

I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure some Democratic blogger will say that supporting Hayden is a smart political move because there are far worse candidates waiting in the wings. Another Goss or maybe a John Bolton who will be chasing agents down hall ways yelling that they better put aside their objectivity and tow the ideological line. They'll say that Hayden doesn't like Rummy, which is a little lame since the only people on the planet that still like Rummy are Al-Queda, George W., and the freepers ( kind of a political circle jerk of sado-masochists). Democrats would be better off voting against every single candidate that Bush proposes, because no matter who it is they'll have skeletons in their little conservative closet and the chorus will sing, Well Dems voted for him too…

Just for fun someone with more energy then me may want to do some research and find one package, one group of policies on which conservatives have shown some consistency. I don't mean things like they have consistently screwed over the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, that is all of one policy. I'm thinking more in terms of the big picture, like their domestic security policies. From TPM

Consequently, the Coast Guard has started forewarning ships that they're going to be inspected in order to reduce the delay. Which is fine. Unless, of course, the ship you're inspecting actually does have some mischief taking place on board in which case the warning stands a good chance of tipping off the malefactors. After all, advance notice sort of undermines the point of random inspections.

OK, maybe research isn't necessary, they just have a contradictory bone headed world view that encompasses pretty much everything.

Our side has a few dust bunnies under the bed, the sooner they're cleaned out the better, FBI Searches Congressional Office of Louisiana Lawmaker

"The government's actions in obtaining a search warrant to search the offices of a United States Congressman were outrageous," Trout said in a statement, the Associated Press reported. "There were no exigent circumstances necessitating this action. The government knew that the documents were being appropriately preserved while proper procedures were being followed. We are dismayed by this action. The documents weren't going anywhere and the prosecutors knew it."

Jefferson said last week that he will not resign his seat in the face of a federal investigation that has resulted in guilty pleas from two people who implicated him in a bribery scheme.

Jefferson, a Democrat wouldn't have to be outraged about the searches if he would tender his resignation effective immediately. That would save his party some embarrassment and be a small step toward cleaning up the pay for play atmosphere of DC.

Should You Be Fired for Using the Internet While at Work?.
Since I've worked with people that wasted at least 3 or four hours a week on personal phone calls I can't see how the net is much different. The real underlying issue is getting people to be responsible and use good judgement. The workplace is not supposed to be a salt mine or a playground. There has always been those bosses that think you should be totally work focused from the time you enter the door to the time you leave and those employees that think their work day is a game where they try and do as little work as possible without getting canned. It's amazing how great a balance one gets in a true team environment where there are indiviual and team goals and a lot of self policing. In a team no one wants that sought of intervention where team members pull someone aside and tell them their excessive use of the phone or the net is ruining it for everyone else. Peer pressure finally serves a useful purpose.

MORT:(back to Shooter) I can assure you.

SHOOTER:I know you can. I know that. I don’t
want to be assured.

MORT:(sounding a bit pompous and hating it)
If you want to talk to someone about some grievance you feel have, you could call my literary agent in —

SHOOTER:This is between you and me. We don't need any outsider Mr. Rainy. This is strictly between you and me.

-Pump the doq limps into the doorway, wagging his tail

MORT:I don’t like being accused of plagiarist, if that is what you’re doing.

SHOOTER: I don't blame you for not liking it. But you did it.You stole my story.

MORT: You'll have to leave. I have nothing to say to you.

SHOOTER: Yeah I’ll go. We’ll talk more later.

from the screenplay Secret Window by David Koepp, based on the novella by S. King