I haven't had time to develop a new, researched blog post in a while, so here is a brief rundown on some stories that are floating around.
President Obama has done away with the label, "enemy combatant." This was a category of personhood that BushCo made up to justify torture, detention without charges for however long Bush wanted, extraordinary rendition, and a host of other serious Constitutional violations including abandoning the implied right to habeus corpus. President Obama disavows the privilege to hold people without charge indefinitely, instead leaving it to Congress and international law to provide authority for detention and subsequent prosecution.
Bernard (I Made Billions Off Of You) Madoff has been taken into custody, since the judge felt he was a flight risk following his guilty plea on 11 counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, etc. etc. The dude is 70 years old and his immediate family's net worth is in the half-a-billion range. The people he defrauded have little hope of getting their life savings back. I just can't figure out why he'd do it. I mean, how could you not get caught, eventually, even with the pathetic excuse for a Securities and Exchange Commission we have?
It looks like Bristol Palin will remain an unwed teenage mother. Bristol is quoted in a statement released by SarahPAC (so THIS is official business now???) saying the various details about the breakup are a result of people cashing in on the Palin name. She doesn't say which details -- maybe it has to do with the rumors that Levi has another child, not Bristol's (one or two). Levi said the two broke up "some time ago." Inquiring minds suspect that was already a fact when GVS interviewed Bristol last month and she was still going to marry Levi ... eventually. [Insert your own smirk here.]
Somehow I don't think this bodes well for Sarah. Rumor is that she really wanted them to get married and sanctify their consummation. So now, GINO (Governor in Name Only) has to live with the embarrassment of having a baby momma in the house who has no prospect of getting married in the near future, and no prospect at all of getting married to the baby daddy.
Outstanding Blog Post of the Week
AKM at Mudflats proved once again that he or she has a brilliant mind and a devilish imagination. AKM's daily posts are always educational or witty or enlightening or inspiring, but this one in particular is at the top of my list: