So on Fox News Sunday Michael Hayden, President Bush’s last CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said releasing the memos outlining terror interrogation methods emboldened terrorist groups such as al Qaeda. Well, there are a few issues I have with Mr. Hayden. First off, I am not a big fan of "Blind Loyalty", but, I am even less of a fan of "Blind DISloyalty". As a very high level appointee, albeit not a Cabinet position, of the former President it is unseemly for him to be so blatently spreading this fear mongering bile in an attempt to smear President Obama and make his and his former bosses’ illegal acts appear critical in preventing some catastrophe. However, it certainly isn’t surprising considering the way the former VP has been behaving in his first 100 days since leaving office. That said, let’s actually look at his "logic".
First let’s look at the Emergency Case situation, also often referred to as the "Ticking Timebomb" scenario. I think you know what I mean, “Suppose a bomb has been planted somewhere where it will kill many people if it goes off. Suppose we have the bomber in custody, the bomber refuses to say where the bomb is. We have no other way of either locating the bomb or safely removing people from the vicinity of the bomb. Should we torture the bomber to locate the bomb?" Continue reading Torture? What Should We Be Willing To Do To Save Lives?
The path to Inner Peace…
- If you can start the day without caffeine,
- If you can get going without pep pills,
- If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
- If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
- If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
- If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
- If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
- If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
- If you can conquer tension without medical help,
- If you can relax without liquor,
- If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
…….Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!
I bet that you thought I was going to get all spiritual.
To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in the original Batman movie, "This country needs an enema!" It is absolutely amazing that the masses do not rise up and take control of their lives. Virtually every system in America is designed to raise the very few privileged onto the backs of everyone else. I’ll give you an example. If you are a poor working stiff who has a credit card, and you pay your bill on time most of the time but, one month you are late. Boom, you get whacked for a $20 or more late fee. So, thinking you are a good customer you call said bank to ask for a waiver of the fee since it is the first time and they make a ton of interest off you at 18-25%. "We are very sorry but because it isn’t a bank error we cannot waive that fee." click! Why, because they know they have you over a barrel, after all what are you going to do pay off the $2k balance? I don’t think so. Continue reading This Country Needs An Enema
A few words about Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) announcing a couple of days ago the formation of a 15-person "working group" of moderate Senate Democrats that’ll focus on fiscal responsibility. This is just what we need, let’s take the barely functioning Democratic majority and YANK 15 people out of it to stir up trouble and prevent the changes we need from being made. This country NEEDS to work to repair the damage that has been done by the last 8 years of the Bush administration. I am sure I will have more to say about this later but, for now, I am just fed up!!!
A few thoughts about AIG. Personally, I am as upset as anyone about the $160 million that AIG paid in bonuses but, I am more concerned about finding out EXACTLY what they did with the rest of the $160 billion that they got. How many foreign firms were paid from that on policies they had, etc. There are two things about the bonus money that would be interesting. One of them is from Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), he had suggested that a great idea would have been to directed the board of AIG to NOT make the payments, thus forcing the executives to sue AIG. Now, most likely AIG would loose and the contract would have been enforced but, it would have made them go on public record asking for the money, and they would have had to suffer a little indignity.
The other thing I have heard is that Congress could pass a law implementing a 100% income tax on the bonuses. This might be unconstitutional and certainly contains a lot of "moral hazard" but, it is an interesting idea.
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I have always found words, books, writing, commentary, calligraphy, Sumi-e, and many other things of similar ilk to be both comforting and provocative at the same time. I have had this domain for a while and was planning on using it to put up some of my Sumi-e, but, never got around to it. Then it dawned on me, Drunk With Ink works just as well for writing. So now it is my blog. My place for random thoughts; mostly meaningless, sometimes timely, and almost never profound.
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