Oh, great… Obama pulled another Nixon. Time reports –
It was a throwaway line at the end of a fundraiser. But it’s fitting that in the Wikileaks era, President Obama was being video recorded when he told a questioner in San Francisco last month that U.S. army private Bradley Manning, who is charged with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, “broke the law.”
Now attorneys supporting Manning, 23, have seized on that comment to argue that Obama has prejudiced Manning’s court-martial and that charges against Pfc. Bradley should be thrown out.
“President Obama is the Commander-in-chief,” Kevin Zeese, an attorney with the Bradley Manning Support Network told a teleconference for reporters held today to mark the one-year anniversary of Manning’s arrest and imprisonment. “The only way the military can claim there is no undue influence in this case would be a charade–[it would be] officers claiming they are not [listening to] their Commander-in-chief. The military courts have held over and over that if undue influence can be proven the case should be dropped.”
Remember, he did the same for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed . Maybe ol’ Barry wasn’t paying attention back in law school?
Is it possible to look at this book‘s cover and not laugh? They should sell posters of this. As they say on teh inturwebs, “I LOL’ed”.
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An unusually vivid example occurred on April 19, which McDonald’s declared National Hiring Day, encouraging people across the country to apply for a job.The world’s biggest restaurant chain reported that it received one million applicants for open positions, which resulted in 62,000 people gaining employment. Another 900,000 plus were turned down.
Is this cool, or what?
Victor Davis Hansen on the The First-Person Presidency. He does some cogitatin’ about Obama’s obsession with personalizing the Presidency, as illustrated by his constant use of first person singular:
Most of these first-person pronouns could have been replaced by either the first-person plural (our, we) or proper nouns (the United States, America). But they reflect a now well-known Obama trait of personalizing the presidency.
The problem of first-personalizing national security is twofold. One, it is not consistent. Good news is reported by Obama in terms of “I”; bad news is delivered as “reset,” “the previous administration,” “in the past”: All good things abroad are due to Obama himself; all bad things are still the blowback from George W. Bush.
Two, there is the small matter of hypocrisy. The protocols for taking out Osama bin Laden were all established by President Bush and all opposed by Senator and then candidate Obama. Yet President Obama never seeks to explain that disconnect; indeed, he emphasizes it by the overuse of the first person. When the president reminds us this week of what “over the years I’ve repeatedly made clear,” does he include his opposition to what he now has institutionalized?
Found on Wired UK …
Japanese company Neurowear is creating a range of fashion items that are operated using brainwaves, including a pair of moveable cat ears.
The cat ear product, called “necomimi” is a novelty hair band that is worn in the normal way but features sensors that pick up on brain signals and convert them into visible actions — in this case by wiggling the cat ears.
The ears twitch through a range of different positions, which correspond to different brain activity. So when you concentrate, the ears point upwards and when you relax the ears flop down and forwards. The result is a kick-ass pair of ears that will make everyone at the furry convention / fancy dress party jealous.