Thursday, April 30, 2009

Credible witnesses?

From Think Progress:
Brownie Attacks Obama Administration’s Response To Swine Flu: Officials Are Just Crying ‘Chicken Little’
Yesterday, former FEMA chief Michael Brown went on Fox Business to talk about the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Obama administration to the H1N1 flu virus.
BROWN: "... I think they want to raise this level because that gives them more attention, it gives them more, you know, more legitimacy, and allows them to get out there and say ‘oh look at us, we’re in control we've got this thing taken care of.’ It legitimizes what they’re doing. We shouldn’t be scaring the public.
...
"But what that does is, that’s the same as crying the sky is falling, chicken little.
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[emphasis in Think Progress original]
Note: the url for the Think Progress post is "http://thinkprogress.org/2009/04/30/brownie-postures-disaster-expert/".
[emphasis added]... I love it! - Yes, Brownie postures as disaster expert!

Next up: Condi, opining on torture (from dday over at Hullabaloo:
Q: Is waterboarding torture?

RICE: The president instructed us that nothing we would do would be outside of our obligations, legal obligations under the Convention Against Torture. So that's -- And by the way, I didn't authorize anything. I conveyed the authorization of the administration to the agency, that they had policy authorization, subject to the Justice Department's clearance. That's what I did.

Q: Okay. Is waterboarding torture in your opinion?

RICE: I just said, the United States was told, we were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention Against Torture. And so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture.
"And so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture."
Hmmm... where have I heard this before?
Oh, yeah!
Nixon: If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security... then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law.
[Nixon's Views on Presidential Power:
Excerpts from an Interview with David Frost
, 19 May 1977]
Or, as later paraphrased by Frost, "If the president orders it, that makes it legal."

Why is anyone still listening to these people?

Why are they still gainfully employed?... well, except at McDonald's?

p.s. Just for fun.
Is waterboarding torture in your opinion?
It's a "yes" or "no" question!

p.p.s. I don't suppose there's any chance that Condi gave W a blowjob?

2 comments:

  1. Waterboarding is torture. Pure and simple. Yes.

    This week, Garrison Keillor makes a compelling case that what we need is the truth, and not revenge against those that tortured, either by commission or approval. The truth will set us free.

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  2. There, Condi: see how it's done.
    You're asked a 'yes/no' question, you answer either 'yes' or 'no'.
    Kevin, could you show Condi how to do that... again.

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