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December 12, 2011


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I always thought that MOC would be a great clue for a crossword puzzle whose answer would be DEMI MOORE.

Coming soon to an Occupy demonstration near you.

As for trying to be more boring: there's a novel by Warren Miller (not the skiing- documentary maker) called "The Way We Live Now," in which a character is interviewed for a job with an old-fashioned Boston insurance company. The person conducting the interview asks "What do you believe is the main responsibility of the public relations representative for this firm?" "To keep the company's name out of the newspapers," the interviewee answers without hesitation, at which he is immediately offered the job.

Much as I hated every jot, tittle, iota and scintilla of the Bush administration, I have to admit that ol' beat-by-a-dead-guy Ashcroft was the one member thereof who, delirious in his hospital bed, held off Al Gonzales and Andy Card when they tried to get him to sign off on Bush's domestic surveillance program.

According to James Comey, Ashcroft's replacement while ill, "He lifted his head off the pillow and in very strong terms expressed his view of the matter, rich in both substance and fact, which stunned me," Comey said.

Then, he said, Ashcroft added: "But that doesn't matter, because I'm not the attorney general. He is!," and pointed at Comey, who was blocking Gonzales and Card, and who was appointed acting attorney general when Ashcroft fell ill.

For that patriotic act, I'll give Ashcroft a single shred of a benefit of the doubt. Once.

Xe, sorry, Academi, has never taken any action that shows them to be worthy of a similar re-consideration. They seem to be the final, dead-end repository of every thick-necked thug and bully who ever terrorized a schoolyard.

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