Thursday, July 12, 2007

"The Bush administration has turned the entire government (and the DOJ in particular) into a veritable Augean stable"

In case you haven't seen this yet, a career Department of Justice prosecutor named John Koppel has run an editorial that nukes Bush and Gonzales's handling of the Department of Justice. This confirms every horror you might easily imagine of what DOJ must be like after watching Gonzales's persistent vegetative state in his testimony to Congress.

"Bush justice is a national disgrace" by John Koppel

In case it's been a while since the last time you perused your Loeb Library, the stable of King Augeas is what Hercules had to clean out in one day as the fifth of his twelve labors. Augeas had the most cattle of anyone in the world, and the cattle had the magical power to stay healthy regardless of their environment - so Augeas had never bothered to clean the stable out, letting all the bovine excrement generated by that largest collection of cattle in the world just accumulate for year after year. John Koppel gets awards not only for courage in the service of democracy, but also for delightfully fresh verbal imagery in the service of vibrant language.

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