Daily Archives: April 5, 2008

This is not proof of a fire:

At least it wouldn’t be to Ben Bearnaked.

Benj continues to reluctantly admit that things are maybe, possibly, not quite so hunky-dory as he’d like them to be. If you grab his nuts and twist he’ll tell you that we’re kinda sorta headed in the general direction of a recession but we could just as easily be headed for the land of unlimited ass and ice-cream. And he’ll keep saying it until he is chased out of town in January, despite news like this:

The Labor Department numbers released yesterday were far worse than economists had forecast [Translation: Even with all the fudging in the world the DoL couldn’t make things look good – ed]. The unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent from 4.8 percent in February and 4.4 percent in March 2007. Employers reduced their payrolls by 80,000 jobs in March, the third straight month of decline. And the department revised the previous two months’ employment levels down by 67,000 positions.

Got it? The house isn’t necessarily on fire, we may or may not be in a recession and if we all rush out and spend our “up to $600” rebate checks on stuff this will make everything all better.

I think people should pool their rebate checks and buy this nice bridge I can no longer afford to keep.

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Fuck Yoo 2

Looks like John Torture Yoo is being prepped to inspect the bus’s undercarriage (via The Washington Post):

Neither the attorney general at the time, John D. Ashcroft, nor his deputy, Larry D. Thompson, were aware of the 81-page memo when it was written and sent to the Pentagon in March 2003, according to several former senior department officials. The Pentagon was told in December 2003 to disregard the legal advice in the memo after Justice Department lawyers raised objections [Don’t worry, Monica No Goodling got rid of them all – ed].

Ha, those crazy kids! Always writing up 81-page memos that overturn the Constitution when the grown ups go away for the weekend.

Don’t get me wrong. If Yoo isn’t hauled before The Hauge there’s something wrong with the world. But if Ashcroft (who also would look fabulous in bright orange) is trying to claim that a junior employee came up with something like this:

The Justice Department concluded in October 2001 that military operations combating terrorism inside the United States are not limited by Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, in one of several secret memos containing new and controversial assertions of presidential power.

without his knowledge, he’s a bigger asshole than I thought.

Fortunately, due to bAdmin’s clever plan to support The Troops© by giving them a permanent vacation in Iraq, the chances of any soldiers kicking in your door are slim to none.

Unless you’re behind the door of the Oval Office.

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Filed under Fail Watch, Military, Misguided Self-justification, The War Against Terror, What Constitution?