Ending Some Bullshit

So it’s late, and I’m tired. But I did want to comment, at least briefly, on a bit of news. I’ll blog in more detail on it later, but, yay! Eric Holder has called for an end to sentencing minimums for non-violent drug offenders. This isn’t perfect. It should end for all people; minimum sentencing removes the power from the judges and prosecution where it sound be. But it is a start, rather like this article. I’ll do more on his efforts later, but for now, as I said before, yay!


Holding Holder

So the House has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress (kind of like 91% of the American public, in many ways), for his perceived stonewalling on the “Fast and Furious” scandal. You know, the one that’s apparently waaaaaaaaaaay worse than Watergate, and certainly worse than, say, giving our enemies weapons. In the real world, it was a legitimate law enforcement tactic that, while not well-thought out, certainly wasn’t illegal.

The House had been in negotiations with the White House and the DoJ to prevent this, and likely they would have, had it not been for today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare. As it stands, it’s hard to see this as anything other than the Republicans being bitchy that they lost a round and trying to get revenge.

Republicans: Soft On Crime!

Apparently there are certain members of the GOP who believe if you commit a crime, you shouldn’t be punished. In fact, the crime shouldn’t even be investigated. In fact, maybe it wasn’t even a crime at all!

Yes, kids, we’re back to torture talk! And today the president said he’d leave the issue of possible criminal charges to his AG, Eric Holder. This is exactly correct and exactly what he should do.

Of course this displeases the GOP who are trying to paint this as a partisan issue. John McCain, who should know better and who previously, like a couple days ago, called waterboarding “torture” (thereby putting him a step above Katie Couric on The CBS Evening News), said the adminstration should be “… looking forward to solutions, not backward to recriminations.”

Well, sure, why not? Why not let the guilty go free? Heck, let’s just adopt this as national policy from here on out. So the next time there’s something like the Holocaust? Pft. Look foward, not back. The next Pol Pot? We need to put recriminations behind us.

We need to go foward with this. We need to cleanse our national conscience on this one. Those who broke the law must pay.

Do not allow the GOP to be soft on this crime!