Last night I was playing 2-5 at a friend's house and the topic of politics came up. After reviewing the options in my brain (from Obama to Barr (the Libertarian) I finally concluded my decision: NO ONE. Yes, Johnny Detroit is skipping the whole Presidential Vote. Granted, I will go to the voting booth to voice my opinion on other areas, but I think I will sit out the whole Obama vs. McCain fiasco.First on Obama. Unless the guy has a week to prepare and write some amazing speech (which he can do), not sure how anyone when looking beneath the surface can back this guy. You think Bush looks like a bozo? Anyone watch the PA debates? With off the wall questions and Clinton going for broke on her attacks, Obama looked like a deer in the head lights. Totally clueless on how to answer anything that was not something he was prepped for. He has almost zero substance and has no business being a potential leader of the world (which the US President essentially is).Now McCain. Since I make my living at Pregame, he automatically gets an X on the bad side due to his stance on internet gambling. Second, McCain went from the Republican who questioned Bush and his cronies to a guy that seemed to drink the kool aid to cater to the powers that be to get their backing come election time. I have the utmost respect for him based on his service in Vietnam. But at the same time, it seems he realizes he needs to fall into line if he expects to have a the Republican machine behind him.Obviously, a guy like Bob Barr, the Libertarian has zero shot. I was a Ron Paul fan due to the fact he wanted to bring the government back a few notches in terms of how out of control it became. Actually, he wanted to bring it back ALOT, but we all know that would have never happened. Somewhere in between now and the American Revolution would have have sufficed for me. I thought Ron was good for the race because it made alot of people follow politics and care about what is going on. Barr on the other hand does not have the same appeal as Paul. So, I might put in a protest vote and tag Barr, but outside of that, nothing more.There are other choices, but they have less of a shot than Bob Barr does. People always say it is your duty to vote. Well, I disagree. I think it is MORE American if you abstain from voting for someone because you feel the choices are not real choices. If you put in the time to research the candidates and understand their stance on issues and walk away with a disgusted look, why should you vote just to vote? If you put a pile of shit in front of me and a mound of snot, should I be forced to eat one of the two? Or, should I demand you get something on the table I can eat. Sorry, Obama and McCain are shit and snot.So who and why do you plan to vote for? Keep the childish stuff out please when replying.
AP source: Holder considering torture probe
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer � 1 hr 54 mins ago
WASHINGTON � Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's interrogation practices, a controversial move that would run counter to President Barack Obama's wishes to leave the issue in the past.
Holder plans to make a final decision within the next few weeks, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press on Saturday night. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on a pending matter.
Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller said Holder planned to "follow the facts and the law."
"We have made no decisions on investigations or prosecutions, including whether to appoint a prosecutor to conduct further inquiry," he said. "As the attorney general has made clear, it would be unfair to prosecute any official who acted in good faith based on legal guidance from the Justice Department."
A move to appoint a prosecutor is certain to stir partisan bickering that could create a distraction to Obama's efforts to push health care and energy reform. Obama has repeatedly expressed reluctance to having a probe, saying the nation should be "looking forward and not backwards" when it came to Bush-era abuses.
Newsweek magazine, which first reported the development on Saturday, said Holder was aware of the political implications of having a probe and preferred not to create unnecessary trouble for the White House. Still, the attorney general was troubled by what he learned in reports about the treatment of prisoners at the CIA's "black sites."
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The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency�s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
The report that Mr. Cheney was behind the decision to conceal the still-unidentified program from Congress deepened the mystery surrounding it, suggesting that the Bush administration had put a high priority on the program and its secrecy.
Mr. Panetta, who ended the program when he first learned of its existence from subordinates on June 23, briefed the two intelligence committees about it in separate closed sessions the next day.
Efforts to reach Mr. Cheney through relatives and associates were unsuccessful.
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Talk about a thread that needs to be locked!