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We’ve Got a Pattern: Police Murdered in Okaloosa

Joshua Cartwright, clearly mentally ill, murdered two policemen today. Shades of Richard Poplawski, at least int eh fact that they were both mightily scared of the Obama Administration. The right wingers will whine that they are being painted with the same brush, but their big protest is in Iowa, where people struggle to love one another.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It seems our policemen are not safe anymore. The Northwest Florida Daily News says “None of it makes sense,” but it supposedly didn’t make sense in Pittsburgh either with Richard Poplawski. That killing of police officers also started with a domestic disturbance, with something seemingly mundane, a verbal spat with his mother. Richard Poplawsi was also former military, and failed military at that. Perhaps the important thing there was what Foxnews reported at the time, that Richard Poplawski was afraid of the Obama Administration. Oh, Richard Poplawski’s shoting spree did make sense, as I reported here. He was frightened by the Obama Administration because his loose screws got agitated by high-profile wingding talkers who have been trying to frighten everyone in America about the Obama Administration. And that’s how it is beginning to look like Joshua Cartwright’s shooting spree is making sense.

Let’s look at some of the story from the Northwest Florida Daily News story on Joshua Cartwright’s shooting spree that left two policemen dead:

An offense report filed against Cartwright the day he died outlines an angry husband who threatened his wife, kept guns and knives on hand, was “severely disturbed” that Barack Obama had been elected president, and believed the U.S. government was conspiring against him.

Arthur Delaney of Huffington Post has it this way:

According to the police report, Elizabeth Cartwright said her husband “believed that the US Government was conspiring against him. She said he had been severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected President.”

That’s five police officers dead because of two men with screws loose who believed Barack Obama was out to get them or their guns or both.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, has been getting some flak from the right wingers for a report recently put out about how right wing organizations might be trying to recruit returning soldiers into militia movements bent on violence and terrorism. You know, I don’t care whether that report, begun under the Bush Administration, is right, wrong or indifferent. I do care that we get to the bottom of right wing nutjobs who have been subtly encouraged to start shooting policemen. This should never happen in our country, and we should not take it lying down.

Is it the easy access to guns we should focus on? Yes. Is it nutjobs we should focus on? Yes. Racism? Yes. But what about the nutjobs on our airwaves who encourage gun ownership with no responsibility? Yes, I’d like to see a focus there as well. Glenn Beck? Take a step forward and claim some responsibility for the hysteria you are encouraging.

Man, this should not go on any longer. Janet Napolitano should not have apologized. Instead I want to see a report come out next about how to deny nutjobs the rights to own guns. Heck, violent nutjobs like Cartwright shouldn’t be allowed to marry, nor join the military, nor vote. Gee, two of three of those rights aren’t even granted in full to gay citizens. When’s the last time we had a gay man or woman gun down a few policemen?

There’s the bottom line. Right wing Christian whack jobs aren’t going to get nearly as upset about this nutjob Cartwright, who shot up a big chunk of the Okaloosa police force, as they are getting upset at gay men and women whose only desire is to get married. They’re all concerned in Iowa over the solomn commitments of gay citizens to love one another. Those folks needs their heads and morals straightened out. And, yes, there are priorities in morality. Murder is far more evil than love. Gee, doesn’t everyone know that?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Blogger’s Butt: May be a Hoax

The dreaded condition Cello Scrotum has been officially debunked today, and doubts have been shed on Guitar Nipple. Here’s hoping that Blogger’s Butt is also a hoax, as such news will be welcome around the globe. Stock in pajama manufacturers are expected to go through the roof with this news.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Blogger’s Butt is a condition widely discussed on the internet, so much so that there’s advice here and here on how to prevent it. But after today’s revelations about Cello Scrotum, one wonders whether Blogger’s butt is actually a hoax. For the latest information on Cello Scrotum, we go to Yahoo News:

“Cello scrotum,” a nasty ailment allegedly suffered by musicians, does not exist and the condition was just a hoax, a senior doctor has admitted.

Back in 1974, in a letter to the British Medical Journal, Elaine Murphy reported that cellists suffered from the painful complaint caused by their instrument repeatedly rubbing against their body.

The claim had been inspired by reports in the BMJ about the alleged condition guitar nipple, caused by irritation when the guitar was pressed against the c

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Sen Cardin (D-MD) is Today’s Stupidest Senator

Bail out the newspaper industry? I’m here to say that is a bad idea, and I’m ashamed that it is a Democrat who suggested it. I’m going to blame the Republicans for it, because they didn’t put up strong enough competition in the Senate race in MD in 2006, so we ended up with lackluster Cardin. The GOP nominee was Steele.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I cannot go into a long discussion about the death of the newspaper in the internet age. I’ve not the time nor the inclination to do so. Are all newspapers simply going to go under? I suspect there are some who will be able to adapt their model, and some who will not. Heck, I’m kind of a free market guy for a Democrat, but as much as I like sitting in bed with coffee and the newspaper in the morning, I’m not interested in bailing out the newspaper industry, as Senator Benjamin Cardin has proposed. From Reuters:

With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.

“This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat,” said Senator Benjamin Cardin.

A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors, but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.

Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt, and contributions to support news coverage or operations could be tax deductible.

I have been a newspaper guy for 40 years, and I’ve always felt that people without printer’s ink on their hands after the first cup of coffee are leading an uninformed life.

That said, the newspaper industry in its current form isn’t built for the mission ahead, and I am certain that a government bailout is not going to place them so that they can fulfill that mission. And as much as I like that newspaper in bed on a Sunday morning, I’m not seeing that as either an essential to our economy nor as a right provided for in the constitution.

All in all, this is a stupid bill, imho.

How in the world did Benjamin Cardin get in the Senate? Well, Benjamin won because he faced someone even more inept: current RNC chair Michael Steele, back in 2006.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Lying Continues at Ted Haggard’s Former New Life Church

HBO is coming out with a documentary about Ted Haggard’s life after the gay sex scandal, and lo and behold what should appear? Another male sex partner for Ted, this time a church volunteer. No word on whether the relationships happened in the same time period, but there’s an awful lot of lying and covering up at the New Life Church.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The New Life Church took a big hit in 2006 when its Pastor, Rev. Ted Haggard, was caught with a male prostitute. Boy, we on the left had fun with that one, a man who preached with all the other Right Wing Christian Mullahs about the evils of homosexuality found to be paying for a little man sex. Hypocrisy is always a good thing to put up front and center in one’s blog. But the real evil here was Haggard lying to himself, lying to his congregation, and lying to the world when he preached hate about homosexuality. All that lying harmed real people, including the members of the New Life Church.

Well, in the two years or so since the Haggard scandal the New Life Church has recovered some of its reputation, at least until the other day when it was found out that they paid someone off to keep quiet about his relationship with Ted Haggard. But, oops, that’s not how they’re telling it. The responses from Brady Boyd, Ted Haggard’s successor at New Life, are so contradictory as to constitute lies, not that anyone reading this would be surprised at a liar in the pulpit at New Life. Here’s the first part of the article from the Chicago Tribune:

Boyd said an “overwhelming pool of evidence” pointed to an “inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship” that “went on for a long period of time … it wasn’t a one-time act.” Boyd said the man was in his early 20s at the time. He said he was certain the man was of legal age when it began.

Reached Friday night, Haggard declined to comment and said all interviews would have to be arranged through a publicist for HBO, which is airing a documentary about him this month.

Boyd said the church reached a legal settlement to pay the man for counseling and college tuition, with one condition being that none of the parties involved discuss the matter publicly.

Boyd said a Colorado Springs TV station reached him Thursday to say the young man was planning to provide a detailed report of his relationship with Haggard to the station. Boyd said the church preferred to keep the matter private, but it was the man’s decision to go public.

There’s the contradiction there, in the space of just two paragraphs. First Boyd said the settlement with the young man who had the affair with Haggard came with the condition that the young man not speak about the affair. Then he said speaking about the affair was entirely the young man’s decision. Well, which is it? It is yet another marker of the deterioration of the news industry that the reporter at the Chicago Tribune, Eric Gorski, didn’t even ask. Gorski did get, later in the Tribune story, a repeat of the contradiction by Brady Boyd:

Anticipating criticism of the settlement with the former church volunteer, Boyd said Friday that it was in the best interests of all involved. He would not name the volunteer or the settlement amount.

“It wasn’t at all a settlement to make him be quiet or not tell his story,” Boyd said. “Our desire was to help him. Here was a young man who wanted to get on with his life. We considered it more compassionate assistance – certainly not hush money. I know what’s what everyone will want to say because that’s the most salacious thing to say, but that’s not at all what it was.”

He said that “secondarily, it’s not great for our church either” that the story be told. Boyd said Haggard knew about the settlement two years ago.

In a letter e-mailed Friday to New Life Church members, Boyd said of the settlement and agreement not to talk: “This decision was made not as an attempt to conceal wrongdoings, but to protect him from those who would seek to exploit him. His actions now suggest that he has changed his mind.”

Again, there’s mention of an agreement to keep Ted Haggard’s affair with a male member of the New Life Church hushed up, and again Brady Boyd denies that the arrangement was anything more than in the best interest of the young man involved. Now that same young man has decided it is not, and though Brady Boyd claims the church has legal standing to take action against the young man for making his affair with Haggard public, Boyd also claims in the article that there was no such agreement. There are blatant lies here, and those lies were told to the members of the church, not just the press. I guess that’s one of the big things I don’t get. How many lies do the members of the New Life Church accept before they get an inkling that the church and those who run it are there not for spiritual enlightenment, but to do anything possible to save their skins.

Meanwhile, HBO has a documentary about Haggard putting together the pieces of his life, and that documentary is flawed as well, since it evidently has nothing of this past affair. Haggard is going on Larry King and Oprah this week, and now they’ve got some good questions to ask him. In the end, and this is predictable, Brady Boyd does not blame New Life Church for its payoffs, nor Ted Haggard, nor even the young man Ted Haggard screwed. He blames HBO, and the publicity of the HBO documentary.

Boyd said he had spoken to the man once and came away with the impression that he was speaking out because of the documentary. “I think what caused this young man to be a bit aggravated was Ted being seen as a victim, when he himself had experienced a great deal of hurt,” Boyd said. “I seriously doubt this man would have come forward if the documentary had not been made.”

Whoever is a victim is in this sordid mess, there are lots of perpetrators, and Brady Boyd in covering up misdeeds by his former Pastor Ted Haggard is one of those perpetrators. Will Brady Boyd ever learn that God deserves the truth? I doubt it.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Don’t Stand in the Way With that Whining, John McCain

John McCain is using phrases like “banana Republic” and “witch hunt” now trying to prevent Republicans being jailed over the crimes revealed in the bipartisan Senate Armed Services Report he signed. McCain should learn from history, and also look to the groundswell of support Obama is enjoying. McCain is on the losing side on this one.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

John McCain decided to whine yesterday. Loud whine, partisan whine. The whine came just a day after the release of the Senate Armed Services Report on torture that he signed, a report that devastatingly details the abuses during the Bush Administration. that report has helped fuel the calls for investigations and possible prosecutions concerning the illegal use of torture presumably ordered by Bush Administration officials. So John McCain is partly responsibile for feeding the public’s interest in justice, but he’s whining about what would happen if such an investigation gets underway. He warns about a “witch hunt,” as reported by Politico:

The former GOP presidential nominee and POW supported Obama’s decision to end the use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques but insisted that those who gave legal advice should not be prosecuted because they were “sworn to do their duty to the best of their ability.”

“Look, I didn’t agree, as you said, with the techniques – and I’d be glad to continue that debate with people. But to criminalize their legal counsel, unless you can prove that they intentionally violated existing laws or ethics, then this is going to turn into a witch hunt,” he said.

McCain compared the potential prosecutions with the actions of “banana republics” that “prosecute people for actions they didn’t agree with under previous administrations.”

“To go back on a witch hunt that could last for a year or so, frankly, is going to be bad for the country, bad for future presidents – precedents that may be set by this, and certainly nonproductive in trying to pursue the challenges we face,” he said.

First of all, John McCain, these lawyers on the Bush Administration team may indeed have been doing the best in their ability, but it is clear now that their abilities were just fine as far as legal skills are concerned, and about nil as far as understanding and valuing the constitution. But this is a side issue. What we are talking about when we want justice concerning the illegal actions of the Bush Administration doesn’t have to do so much with the tainted lawyers, but about the people who ordered the policies that caused torture int he first place. That ain’t a witch hunt, John, and it ain’t just about disagreements in policy. This is about illegal acts that your report claims has massively damaged US reputation around the world and consequently our abilities to combat terrorism. It’s about crime, John.

McCain buggy whips out phrases like “witch hunt” and “banana Republic” in order to inflame things politically, but his own people are doing even uglier things. If John McCain values his party, of which he was the leader mere months ago, then he needs to take the lead in calming the rhetoric about “socialism,” and other crackpot crap. If McCain wants bipartisanship that lets us look forward without healing the wounds made to our national soul by the Bush torture policies, then he ought to check a little about whether bipartisanship is possible on his side of the aisle. The “Just Say No” faction of the GOP, which appears to be all of them, isn’t going to reconcile whatsoever even if Obama is successful in making the inquiries into Bush Administration torture programs go forward calmly and deliberately.

Of course, John McCain knows there are more reports going to come out, including a release of pictures of the degrading treatment of prisoners conducted under the Bush Administration. Heck, today’s report about over 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths isn’t going to help McCain, and he knows that the calls for a reconciliation commission, the calls for accountability, are going to ring louder before they quiet down. And John McCain knows that Americans are happy with Barack Obama as President, are for the first time in a long time Americans are believing that this country is going the right direction.

John McCain needs to get his own political house in order before he goes slinging words like “banana Republic” and “witch hunt” around. Let’s dismiss that “banana Republic” is a new talking point foisted on him by the RNC and look at realities here. John, we have illegalities that have almost certainly gone down in the Bush Administration. Those illegalities revolve around the use of torture, among other issues. The crimes that have taken place have severely harmed our national moral image, the one thing America could always be proud of. John, YOU were proud to serve because America was a moral beacon to the world, but while you were serving, John, another Republican President broke laws. With Watergate we took the miscreants to task and it did not harm our country. I would argue it made us better. I need, and we all need, for America to be better. Don’t stand in our way, John McCain, as we seek to heal. Don’t you dare.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Was Bush’s NSA Surveillance Watching Me?

We learned on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown last night that the illegal NSA wiretap program was far more widespread than reported, and certainly more widespread than the Bushies admitted to. I’m an ordinary citizen who, by virtue of publicly criticizing Bush, just might have been a target. How do I find that out? I expect few answers.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Keith Olbermann’s Countdown broke the story last night, with Russell Tice, former NSA analyst, stating explicitly that the Bush Administration (illegal) wiretap surveillance program was monitoring journalists. DailyKos has a good diary on the subject, but here’s the transcript of the Olbermann show from mediabistro.com:

OLBERMANN: I mention that you say specific groups were targeted.
What group or groups can you tell us about?

TICE: Well, there’s sort of two avenues to look at this. What I just mentioned was sort of the low-tech dragnet look at this. The things that I specifically were involved with were more on the high-tech side. And try to envision, you know, the dragnets are out there, collecting all the fish and then ferreting out what they may. And my technical angle was to try to harpoon fish from an airplane kind of thing. So it’s two separate worlds.

But in the world that I was in, as to not harpoon the wrong people in some – in one of the operations that I was in, we looked at organizations just supposedly so that we would not target them. So that we knew where they were, so as not to have a problem with them.

Now, what I was finding out, though, is that the collection on those organizations was 24/7, and you know, 365 days a year, and it made no sense. And that’s – I started to investigate that. That’s about the time when they came after me, to fire me. But an organization that was collected on were U.S. news organizations and reporters and journalists.

OLBERMANN: To what purpose? I mean, is there a file somewhere full of every e-mail sent by all the reporters at the “New York Times?” Is there a recording somewhere of every conversation I had with my little nephew in upstate New York? Is it like that?

TICE: If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it would be everything. Yes. It would be everything.

OLBERMANN: Do you have a sense of why, as you discovered this? I mean, do you have a sense of what this was, if it was used, to what end?

TICE: I do not know. I do not know what was done with the collection. I’m sure the information – the collection was digitized and put on databases somewhere. I don’t know what was done with it from that point.

OLBERMANN: And this bait-and-switch sort of idea, that this – this is the discard pile, we are not going to look at the media, and then it becomes apparent to you that the discard pile is in fact the save pile.
How did that become apparent to you?

TICE: Well, as I was going for support for this particular organization, it sort of was dropped to me that, you know, this is 24/7. Because I was saying, you know, I need collection at this time, at this point for, you know, for a window of time. And I would say, will we have the capability at this particular point? And positioning assets, and I was ultimately told we don’t have to worry about that, because we’ve got it covered all the time. And that’s when it clicked in my head, this is not something that’s being done on a onesy basis, onesy-twosie. This is something that’s happening all the time.

I don’t normally shill for TV programs, and I rarely get the chance to watch Olbermann, since his show is on during our dinner hour, but he’s got more of an interview with Russell Tice tonight.

The conclusion? The Bush Administration illegal wiretap program targeted journalists. Did it also target those who write blogs? Sure, I know they read this blog, and it is pulbic, so I’ve no problem with that, really. We put it out there to be read, after all. But we’ve been decidedly critical over the last five years in our relentless pursuit of Mr. Bush’s policies. We began using pseuonyms, but it wouldn’t have been hard for the NSA to figure out our identities, and besides, both Richard Blair and myself have been using our own names for a good long while now. So I wonder, have they been monitoring me?

Heck, they’re not going to find much. But there’s those calls I made a couple years ago to my cousins of Lebanese extraction last year on the occasion of my great aunt who died in Florida. We made arrangements to meet. Did they listen in and then watch us, a family gathered for bereavement and her burial in Kentucky. Perhaps they caught me on the phone asking Mom for her recipe for stuffed grape leaves or kibbe. Did they think those were code words or something?

OK, I’ll be serious. I know there’s a strong possibility my phone calls were listened to. Over the years we at ASZ have noticed many people in various areas of government, including the NSA, reading this web site. I do not doubt in the least that someone from the NSA will watch the site today after they pick up some juicy key words in their google sessions. My question is whether they have ever collected information about my phone calls and how I find that out, and I suspect that will take a full-blown investigation to answer. All the more reason for the Senate to confirm Holder soonest, a process the Republicans there are holding up. Could this be why they are dragging their heels, because they know Holder will find illegalities all throughout the Bush Administration? If anyone reading this is surprised at that possibility, then they are naive. Republicans have, after all, shown themselves to have one policy over all others, a desire to protect themselves and their own, and to hell with the rights of Americans.

Obama is rolling back some of those Bush policies that abused the protections we are provided by our constitution. This can’t happen fast enough.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Bernard Madoff’s Inmate Number Pays Off

Hey, someone had to get lucky after Bernard Madoff was lodged in Manhattan Federal Prison after pleading guilty to his $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme…

Commentary By: Richard Blair

Well, at least something good came out of Bernard Madoff’s imprisonment. A guy in Queens, NY played the last three digits of Madoff’s inmate number, and hit the Pick 3, straight:

Ralph Amendolaro, 50, noticed the digits under Madoff’s mug on the front page of the Daily News the day after he pleaded guilty – 61727-054.

The father of three placed a $3 bet for each of the next three days, and that Sunday, 054 came up.

The $1,500 prize is a 16,000% return on his $9 investment – far more than even Madoff promised his bilked investors…

No word on whether or not Amendolaro also played the five digit number.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Richard Blair |
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Alberto Gonzales Can’t Find a Job, Whines

Alberto Gonzlaes has decided to write a book. It will consist of several hundred blank pages, as he simply doesn’t recall much of what he did during his tenure in the Bush Administration. What is pitiful is that Gonzales compares himself to victims of the War on Terror, because the Senate picked on him, I suppose. Shameful and pitiful.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Republicans have been unable or unwilling to protect their own, and have not found a nice, cushy job for amnesiac and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Poor Alberto Gonzales. He’s whining to the Wall Street Journal about his treatment on Captial Hill and et cetera, and has now decided to write a tell all book. (OK, the jokes about how he could possibly write a book if he “can’t recall” are cheap, if accurate.) Gonzales, famous for tracking down John Ashcroft in order to justify violating the constitution with the NSA domestic surveillance program, is now whining because, as a lawyer charged with knowing the law, he’s got a track record of not recalling how he violated the constitution. But the whiney complaints are good reading, at least when in a Wall Street Journal blog:

Mr. Gonzales has been portrayed by critics both as unqualified for his position and instrumental in laying the groundwork for the administration’s “war on terror.” He was pilloried by Congress in a manner not usually directed toward cabinet officials.

“What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?” he said during an interview Tuesday, offering his most extensive comments since leaving government.

During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.”

This is pretty much the most clueless statement I can imagine. The treatment Gonzales received concerned the program of politicizing the department he was in charge of, the Department of Justice. It came after a string of answers which showed Gonzales either didn’t know at all what was happening in his own DOJ, or was purposely misleading Senators with a string of “I do not recall” answers. Gonzales now doesn’t just fail to recall, he fails to understand the enormity of his incometencies. Look for no responsibility taken in this book.

Worse here is that Gonzales compares himself to the real victims in the War on Terror, the men and women who died on 9/11, the soldiers who died because of Bush’s policies, the tens of thousands of Iraqi dead. . . those are victims of the “War on Terror.” Mr. Gonzales is at worst complicit in some of those deaths in that he helped justify some ugly policies. At best, Gonzales is merely a bumbling incompetent, and thus his is not a tragic story. Tragedy requires one fall from great heights, after all, and while Gonzales’ role in the Bush Administration was a high-ranking one, it was still a role in the failed and incompetent Bush Administration.

The interview with the WSJ is a bit pitiful and self-serving, of course. Gonzales is a Republican, after all. Here’s another excerpt:

Among other things, Mr. Gonzales said Tuesday that he didn’t play a central role in drafting the widely criticized legal opinions that allowed the Central Intelligence Agency to use aggressive interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects and expanded the president’s power to hold “unlawful combatants” and terrorism suspects indefinitely. He also said he told the truth to Congress about a classified eavesdropping program authorized by the president, and admitted to making mistakes in handling the U.S. attorney firings while maintaining that he made the right decisions. He says that while he bears responsibility as former Attorney General that “doesn’t absolve other individuals of responsibility.”

Mr. Gonzales, 53 years old, doesn’t have a publisher for his book. He said he is writing it if only “for my sons, so at least they know the story.”

This last bit seems a bit poignant. Gonzales gives excuses about his behavior concerning the NSA program and the torture policies of the Bush Administration, and then cops a little responsibility about the US Attorney scandal. I’m surprised he admits to anything, really. This guy is universally considered a liar and an incompetent, after all. But it is poignant because it appears Gonzales knows that the only ones he can convince about his good name and reputation are his own sons. How far he has fallen.

Let’s not let Alberto Gonzales off the hook, though. He was a lawyer with a degree from Harvard when he was hired by President Bush. He’d worked for Bush in Texas, so likely knew what he was getting himself in for. There are no excuses for the damage he did to our constitution, and while Alberto Gonzales’ sons may indeed believe his accounts, it is unlikely anyone else will. I’m just wondering where the man finds a publisher who will touch the book.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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