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Pimp my Constitution.


Rather than being uncompromisingly cranky as usual I though I'd share the following with you, a bit of enlightement about how the nation's propaganda machine media works, as written by Steve Benen of Salon.com. My remarks follow:


In the past two weeks, the following events transpired:

A Department of Justice memo, authored by John Yoo, was released which authorized torture and presidential lawbreaking.

It was revealed that the Bush administration declared the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights to be inapplicable to “domestic military operations” within the U.S.

The U.S. Attorney General appears to have fabricated a key event leading to the 9/11 attacks and made patently false statements about surveillance laws and related lawsuits.

Barack Obama went bowling in Pennsylvania and had a low score.

Here are the number of times, according to NEXIS, that various topics have been mentioned in the media over the past thirty days:

“ Yoo and torture” - 102
“ Mukasey and 9/11? — 73
“ Yoo and Fourth Amendment” — 16
“ Obama and bowling” — 1,043
“ Obama and Wright” — More than 3,000 (too many to be counted)
“ Obama and patriotism” - 1,607
“ Clinton and Lewinsky” — 1,079


You all understand, don't you, that the memo by John Yoo effectively gave the Bush administration the virtual, though illegal, powers of a dictator, right? That's why they've kept it secret all these years. It's also the reason that Donald Rumsfeld, John Yoo and, if there truly IS justice in this world, Bush and Cheney will be hauled off to jail by the next administration, for being the war criminals they are.


PS, I realize this isn't the funniest cartoon in the world. I just wanted the opportunity to make a pimp out of John Yoo.

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