Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dick Cheney Ascends into Heaven

Dick Cheney Ascends into Heaven

Dick Cheney Ascends into Heaven (2007)

There's no need to stand on the shoulders of giants when you see yourself as a living god beyond the constraints of puny humans.

From RJ Eskrow's "Cheney's Not in the Executive Branch? Sounds Good to Me!" on The Huffington Post:

By now you've heard about Dick Cheney's fascinating new legal argument that he's not in the executive branch, so he doesn't have to comply with executive secrecy rules. I'm not always Rahm Emanuel's biggest fan, but his plan to cut executive-branch funding for the VP's office is a very sensible response. On the other hand, let's not be hasty about this. After all, if Cheney's not in the Executive Branch he can't claim executive privilege.

"If he believes his legal case," Mr. Emanuel wrote in an email, "his office has no business being funded as part of the executive branch." But imagine how much light we can shed into the dark corners of Mr. Cheney's office if his argument holds.

Surely you remember that infamous energy task force, the one where Mr. Cheney let his oil industry pals and their lobbyists come in and literally write their own rules? Cheney argued that the public had no right to information about the workings of that task force - because of executive privilege.

How about those executive branch visitor logs we've all been dying to see? I'd love to know how much time Jack Abramoff spent in Cheney's offices, and who he visited there. And, of course, there's the matter of Scooter Libby. With executive privilege out of the way, we can finally figure out whether there was an "underlying crime" or not. (Extra! Othello exonerated for strangling Desdemona - there was "no underlying crime" of adultery.)

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In fact, here's an even better idea: Since he says he's fundamentally a member of the Senate, why not bring him up on Senatorial ethics charges? Let the investigations commence!

Say. If Darth Vicer refuses to comply with releasing classified materials (other than blowing the cover of our own covert agents for craven political ends) could Congress arrange to have him tortured until he talks or some organs nearly fail?

Now that spectacle of stress positions would make past Congressional hearings seem truly "quaint."

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

A New Leaf

A New Leaf

A New Leaf (2007)

Burning out in Swedish foliage
improves fitness. A chaste boarding school
for problem girls shows abstinence, steady profits.

Biodiesel fuels box in solar florists.
I compute my rising investments on special
days. Pump up Exxon earnings with each used printer

cartridge. The slickest oil boutique
unstresses Fox News pundits. Our kids stay
doubly diagnosed: perpetually in debt, always treeless.

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Something new. Image made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until it turned different colors and blew away. Poem a hodge-podge of Google threads of a search of "new leaf" and my own blossoming brain.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Inside Arkham

Inside Arkham

Inside Arkham (2007)

Something new. Made with Sterling-ware. Post-processed until the Joker jested, the Penguin pouted, and Mr. Freeze froze.

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From hey I could have written that Wikipedia:

The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane is a fictional psychiatric hospital that appears in the DC Universe. It is located near Gotham City, and is where those of Batman's foes considered to be legally insane are incarcerated (other foes are incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary). Although it has had numerous administrators, its current head is Jeremiah Arkham. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the asylum was created by Dennis O'Neil and first appeared in Batman #258 (October 1974); much of its back-story was created by Len Wein during the 1980s. In the foreward to the book The Dark Ages: Grim, Great, and Gimmicky Post-Modern Comics, Jack C. Harris clarifies that it was he who conceptualized the idea of Arkham Asylum, and any other such claims are false.

Arkham Asylum does not have a good record, at least with regard to the high profile cases; escapes are frequent (on at least one occasion, an obsessive-compulsive multiple murderer was signed out of Arkham into the care of an incontinent, alcoholic vagrant, on the grounds that he "looked like a responsible citizen"), and those who are 'cured' and released tend to re-offend. Furthermore, several staff members, including at least one director, have ended up as residents, notably Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Lyle Bolton and, in some incarnations, Drs. Jonathan Crane and Hugo Strange.

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