Intellectual Sloth, FBI Murders Criminal Through Inaction, GW Bush's Military Service: The True Story, at last, too late
A friend sent me this from the Wall Street Journal:
By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. WSJ April 17, 2012
Income inequality is a strange obsession. It tries to “adjust” the condition of the top 1% rather than improving the opportunities of everyone else. Example: If the car driven by the average American is 10 times more likely to burst into flames than the car driven by the richest 1%, we would mandate that cars driven by the rich burst into flames more often!
Of course, that is one conclusion you could draw (implying, of course, that Obama is, therefor, a socialist). However, another, equally valid (in my opinion, more valid ) conclusion you could draw is that the 1% have rigged the system (perhaps using the mechanism of price) so that their cars are 10 times safer. So, instead of just making rich people's cars safer, maybe a just society would make poor people's cars safer. I'm just saying.
GW Bush's Military Service: The True Story, at last, too late
Did Lt. George W. Bush Violate A Direct Order From A Superior Officer? Was Dan Rather Railroaded? As Dan Would Ask: Does The Sun Rise In The East Over The Texas Panhandle? Of course the death of print will eventually kill the Texas Monthly in a few years, so people like GW won't have to worry about stories like this in the future.
FBI Murders Criminal Through Inaction
The Department Of Murderous Injustice And, Giving The FBI The Benefit Of Every Doubt, The Federal Bureau Of First Degree Killing Incompetence
The Lack Of Reliability Of Forensic "Evidence"
The pin-striped legal beagle egghead types can attempt to determine whether what happened to Herbert Boyle was the result of the Department of Justice exhibiting depraved indifference to human life or wanton and reckless disregard for human life. As far as Herbert Boyle is concerned, the result is precisely the same as if the Department of Justice of the United States of America solicited and orchestrated his premeditated murder (i.e., murder in the first degree), by allowing his execution on the basis of evidence it knew to be false.
As a courtesy and in a spirit of cooperation, should reservations be sought for ex Attorney General Janet Reno (who made her bones at Waco), ex FBI Director Louis Freeh (now exercising his not inconsiderable "talents" to deny justice or funds to victims of the MF Global fraud), and ex DOJ Criminal Division head, ex Secretary Of Homeland Security, and PATRIOT Act co-author Michael Chertoff at the Hottest Place In Hell Hotel?
Aren't the prosecutors notified by the FBI the ones who violated the law? Does the FBI have a positive obligation to notify the defense? Regardless, surely the prosecutors do. Is there any conceivable way this investigation could be considered non-material in these cases? (no)
The testifying FBI agents, at a minimum, committed perjury when they testified (in particular when they gave false testimony about the accuracy of the results, their methods, and the testifying agent's alleged "accuracy" over time).
The FBI has a positive obligation not to lie under oath. The supervisors (up to the FBI director) have a positive obligation to exercise every effort to make certain those under them (using bureau resources) are not lying under oath.
The notification arguably should have come from the prosecutors. There was nothing to stop the FBI from advising defense counsel that one or more of their agents committed perjury.
Finally, and sadly, it is a shame that, in a few years, there will be no Washington Post to do stories like this, as print newspapers will have disappeared, to be replaced by... nothing like an equivalent amount of expertise and resources. But surely that will be OK. Surely Internet journalists, working out of their dens on a volunteer basis, will be able to provide coverage like this, right? That's what all the people on "the death of the newspaper" panels are saying. It's just evolution. Looks like devolution to me.
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