Saturday, November 03, 2007

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

In English this question is, "Who watches the watchers?" and is a very important question to ask.

Who makes sure that the police obey the laws they are tasked to enforce?

Who makes sure that the government doesn't screw us all over?

Who -

Wait a minute.

Check back to the second question. It's an extremely important question to ask, in this day and age.

It seems likely that Michael Mukasey will, in fact, be endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite his vague waffling on whether waterboarding is torture and his refusal to say that the President of the United States isn't above the law of the land. In any ordinary universe, all 10 Democrats on the Committee would give Mukasey and Bush the great green weenie and tell them both to sit and spin on it. Unfortunately, Mukasey's name was suggested by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-Rentboi) who then managed to convince Diane Feinstein (D-Dumbass) to follow along. One wonders what kind of quid pro quo was involved (although I shudder to think there might be a video involved somewhere).

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an agency of the government charged with inspecting products and keeping us safe, an important task in our increasingly industrialized and packaged world. Well, come to find out that workers on the CPSC have accepted favors, including air fare, from the very industries they're supposed to be watching. Again, quid pro quo applies - you do not get something for nothing.

I'm just very glad I don't have children, although I worry about my nieces and nephews sometimes.


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