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Bye bye, Bybee? April 21, 2009

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bybeeJudy-One-Note continues on the issue that gladly is not going away despite Obama’s desire to ‘move forward.’  Those recently released, declassified torture memos are actually being read and many of us just cannot simply ‘move forward’ and that includes the Justice Department.  There are whispers of an ongoing investigation into Judge Bybee, the authors of the memos and Senior Bush officials.  Stay tuned.

– Incase you forgot what Judge Bybee signed off on, in the memo, Bybee authorized CIA interrogators to, among other techniques:

— Slam a detainee’s head against a wall: “any pain experienced is not of the intensity associated with serious physical injury.”

— Slap a detainee’s face: “The facial slap does not produce pain that is difficult to endure.”

— Place a detainee into stress positions: “They simply involve forcing the subject to remain in uncomfortable positions.”

— Waterboard a detainee: “The waterboard…inflicts no pain or actual harm whatsoever.”

–  Here is Rachel Maddow speaking with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about Judge Bybee and the future of his Judge’s seat. I vote for impeachment, the New York Times votes for impeachment – how about you?

–  And then there is this interesting piece about the Justice Department’s NOT moving forward on the torture issue. Eric Holder Seriously Considering Appointing Outside Counsel to Investigate Torture:

–  The first Obama Administration Cabinet meeting was held yesterday. There is only one position still to be filled, that of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. As for the rest of the cabinet, the make-up is historic.

Of the filled positions:

* 1 Republican, 1 Independent. (“People” keep saying  Robert Gates is a Republican, but he’s a registered Independent.)
* Six women (7 if Sebelius is confirmed).
* Four African-Americans (with Eric Holder being the first African-American AG).
* Three Asian-Americans.
* Two Hispanic-Americans.
* Youngest: Peter Orszag (40), eldest Eric Shinseki (66).
* Three members each from California, New York, Illinois and the District of Columbia.

–  The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday.  Here is the entire list.
I was very happy to hear that Eugene Robinson, who frequently appears on both Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann’s show received a Prize for his commentary.  Hats off to Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. ‘Robinson won for his columns on the 2008 presidential campaign focusing on the election of the first black president, which the judges said displayed “graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” To my friend Elise who deserved a prize for her photography – you wuz robbed!  Next year is your year. Here is another list of the winners with photos and descriptive passages for you.

–  In the money grabbing, I cannot believe what I am reading column – Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will meet for a debate late next month.

–  Much ado about a silly handshake. The yakkers are jerks:

–  Check out this very cool site with a  living spider. Poke and prod the spider with your mouse. Also ‘grab’ one of its legs with your mouse and  drag it around  the  screen. Also anywhere on the map hit the space bar and it leaves little bugs where your mouse is, watch the spider go after  them.

–  Visit SoulWow.com and get that almost baptized feeling!

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1. Bye bye, Bybee? - April 21, 2009

[…] Original post by judylobo […]

2. bumper sticker - April 21, 2009

Isn’t it nice to have an AG that understands there are 3 branches of government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) and that the Constitution calls for a Separation of Powers among the three branches. I had almost forgotten all about that.


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