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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #44)

Wed Aug 22, 2012, 12:39 AM

51. If you confuse different matters, it will not help you think clearly

Abu Ghraib was simply disgraceful, from its beginning until the Congressional cover-up

I was sorry to lose Elliot Spitzer, but he was his own victim, in a very real sense. Spitzer seemed to make some excellent moves to reign in the banks, and so (naturally) he made some banks very grumpy. However, he continued to use the same banks, that he had made grumpy, to pay for his fun with prostitutes. The bank folk knew the regulations they had to follow, so they very piously reported his little transactions to the Feds as a possible violation of federal banking regulations, forcing the Feds to investigate the matter. Of course, there was no violation of federal banking regulations, but the banks covered their butts very neatly: they could piously say they had only attempted to report a possible violation of federal banking regulations. Finally, of course, the facts came out -- and Spitzer had destroyed his own political career

Anthony Wiener destroyed his own career too

Of course, the powers-that-be will use whatever tools they conveniently find at hand to maintain the status quo: your drug habits, your criminal record, your sexual obsession with kiwi fruit -- whatever

But one ought not to reach the conclusion that activists are morally exempt from the laws against sex crimes

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