The growing controversy over President Obama’s illegal waging of war in Libya got much bigger last night with Charlie Savage’s New York Times scoop. He reveals that top administration lawyers — Attorney General Eric Holder, OLC Chief Caroline Krass, and DoD General Counsel Jeh Johnson — all told Obama that his latest, widely panned excuse for waging war without Congressional approval (that it does not rise to the level of “hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution (WPR)) was invalid and that such authorization was legally required after 60 days: itself a generous intepretation of the President’s war powers. But Obama rejected those views and (with the support of administration lawyers in lesser positions: his White House counsel and long-time political operative Robert Bauer and State Department “legal adviser” Harold Koh) publicly claimed that the WPR does not apply to Libya.
It was wrong when Bush did it, and it is wrong for Obama to do it.
This is especially galling, since Obama explicitly condemned this exact conduct from Bush during the campaign.
Here, here. This has been bothering me a lot this week.
Today it was time to get a haircut. I’m not sure why I have such mixed feelings about haircuts — I always come out of them looking and feeling better, and vowing to not wait so long next time, but then when “next time” rolls around it’s always weeks before I can be bothered. Weeks of horrible,…
I have a feeling that not even that $80 haircut in Las Vegas would have been this good.
No I am not going to call your sister and explain to her how to set up an internet connection on the laptop that you bought her.
Do that your own damned self.
I will definitely call your sister and explain to her how to set up an internet connection on the laptop that you bought her. My rate is $125/hour. It’s pro rata, of course, but there is a half-hour minimum.
clean is a relative term, what may be dirty to one isn't to another
True. To be clear, my thinking was more like if you wear your clothes for three days straight and haven’t done anything to get them dirty or sweaty, you haven’t been doing much with your life, not even getting a little exercise.
(…says the person who has been guilty of all of this more often than he’d like to admit.)
Going forward, I am never again going to mock or discourage men who date and marry dippy chicks. Because when men who secretly WANT to be with dippy chicks instead date and marry their professional and intellectual equals, it seems to be a ticking fucking time bomb which…
Interesting. I feel like I don’t know enough to agree or disagree.
Jim Lehrer’s MacNeil / Lehrer Editorial Guidelines.
They are as follows:
Do nothing I cannot defend.
Cover, write, and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.
Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
Assume personal lives are a private matter until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything.
Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes except on rare and monumental occasions.
No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.
And finally, I am not in the entertainment business.
“Most body fluids, tissues, and organs—semen, blood, livers, kidneys—are highly regulated by government authorities. But not breast milk. It’s considered a food, so it’s legal to swap, buy, or sell it nearly everywhere in the US. This accounts, in part, for the widely varying quality and safety standards in the online market for milk. For their part, Prolacta and nonprofit milk banks have rigorous screening processes for potential donors, including tests for drugs, hepatitis, and HIV. But Only the Breast and the volunteer sites, which see themselves more as communities than commodity markets, don’t screen donors or assume responsibility for the milk they help disseminate. Whatever the source of the milk or its channel of distribution, the trend is clear: Human milk is being bought, sold, donated—and gratefully received—on an unprecedented scale. And as demand grows, the competition for every ounce is getting more fierce.”—Liquid Gold: The Booming Market for Human Breast Milk (via emptyage)
“I want to convince you that irony, poker-faced silence, and fear of ridicule are distinctive of those features of contemporary U.S. culture (of which cutting-edge fiction is a part) that enjoy any significant relation to the television whose weird pretty hand has my generation by the throat. I’m going to argue that irony and ridicule are entertaining and effective, and that at the same time they are agents of a great despair and stasis in U.S. culture, and that for aspiring fictionists they pose terrifically vexing problems.”—David Foster Wallace (via falsettoclergy)