"Indeed, what links the affaires Wolfowitz and Gonzales is simple: utter contempt towards the institutions that the two head. The Bush band came to power cursing government and its institutions as a sort of menace. But perhaps they were sincere about that. They’re delighted to see the Department of Justice go up in flames. And if the World Bank and the international financial system that it created, the baseline for the global economy, teeters and implodes, they’ll be cheering from the sidelines, too.
What really matters to men like Wolfowitz and Gonzales? The exercise of power. If it serves that end to destroy a world, by all means, let the destruction begin. This is scorched earth politics. Why would we expect anything different from a crew who seek to revive the notion of the “total war” with respect to a war of choice fought without a draft?"
"A computer guy explains the danger of proposed legislation that would require computer technicians to report to the authorities any child pornography or other evidence of child abuse they encounter while servicing a customer's computer:* amblog:Potentially incriminating material can end up on a computer in any number of ways that have nothing to do with a deliberate request for questionable content. Even worse, the range of expertise among computer technicians varies enough that you could conclusively say that not all such technicians have the skills to distinguish between deliberately accessed content and that which may have found its way onto a system through other means (spam, malware, another user, etc.). It's a recipe for disaster when you consider how being accused of child porn/abuse usually turns into a guilty-until-proven-innocent scenario of the sort that can destroy lives and families."
"The ten GOP candidates combined mentioned the name of their current party leader, George Bush, exactly once during the big debate last night
The GOPers made George Bush. They let him launch the Iraq war. They never did any oversight. Now, they can't even say his name. The 2008 election will be about George Bush and his disastrous legacy. The Republicans own George Bush and his legacy."
* meanwhile, Indy:
"During the debate, the 10 candidates invoked Mr Reagan by name no less than 20 times, compared with just seven mentions for Mr Bush."
* atrios is excited because Juan Williams said this NPR:
I think the direction has been moving more towards the idea that this could be another sort Jack Abramoff style scandal in which you see that women, prostitutes here or call girls, were given to people as part of lobbying efforts, part of efforts to persuade people to do things on Capitol Hill.ftr, earlier in the week, Williams made a similar point on Faux - except he was arguing that it might be related to Wilkes et al. (his issue appears to be that it's a Fed case)
* simon catches Blair saying that Saddam used biological weapons. I suspect that Blair was just spouting nonsense, Simon may take a less benign view.