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Some of theΒ  tabloids today capture the best and the worst politicians in NY.

For the worst – the miracle being that it’s covered in the media at all, the Mayor that bought NYC – forever shows his soft touch

Mind you, this is the guy who said in a debate that asthma occurs in poor neighborhoods because of bad hygiene, so, not exactly out of character.

here’s the article that goes with the headline

Mayor Michael Bloomberg stared down and chastised a wheelchair-bound reporter after his tape recorder accidentally started playing during a news conference aired live on TV Thursday.

At one point, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leaned over and told the mayor the reporter was disabled, to which he replied: β€œI understand that. He can still turn it off.”

The episode showed a lack of sensitivity, disabled advocates said. The reporter was troubled by the incident and wants an apology.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Governor that the media has been shredding to please the Kennedys, just gave me a new reason to vote for him:


Finally, the ACLU suit got some of the Bush era torture memos out

NEW YORK – In response to litigation filed by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Justice Department today released four secret memos used by the Bush administration to justify torture. The memos, produced by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), provided the legal framework for the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other illegal interrogation methods that violate domestic and international law.

Of course, as for the appointing a special prosecutor on that, they’ll have to wait.

Not only are the names of the CIA agents redacted but from Obama’s statement

In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution.

In good faith? “I was only following orders?” Why am I not surprised? Ah, I know.

Because the first speech I heard from Obama was not the mysterious anti-war speech there’s no record of anywhere but his first senate speech in which he said “It’s not relevant how this war started, let’s look to the future, not the past”

There was a reason the media enbraced him and Bush declared he deserved his silence. The same reason Nancy took impeachment off the table.

So, how does one torture in good faith?

Here’s more from Mr post-partisanship:

This is a time for reflection, not retribution.

and

That is why we must resist the forces that divide us, and instead come together on behalf of our common future.

Yeah, right. Tortured and tortured, kiss and make up and let’s all hold hands and sing “Feelings”

Well, I reflected already. I also read some of the gruesome details


As a result, I think there’s no good faith in torture and no coming together with criminals. But that’s just me. (Is it?)

on update, a better headline from the Independent UK

Obama pledges to protect CIA torture operatives

Not Your Sweetie