Shocked by the refs? Where've you been the last 30 years?
To every football fan out there who watched in shock and the opposite of awe Monday night as replacement refs stole a game from the Green Bay Packers even after the Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate failed to steal the football in the end zone, who set Twitter on fire after the blown call and vowed to boycott both NFL Commission Roger Goodell and his local bookie, who groans as a never-ending pasta bowl of "booth reviews" drags afternoon games into prime time and who wants their state lawmaker or President Obama or some higher power to ban scab officials, for the sake of the Republic, I ask only one thing:
Um, where the hell have you been for the last 31 years or so?
Outsourcing an important skilled job to inexperienced workers willing to do it for lower pay? Check. Billionaire CEOs determined to break a union over about as many dollars as are buried in the couch of their 50-yard-line luxury suite? Check. Trying to take away employees' pension plan and require them to gamble their future on Wall Street? Check. Putting an inferior, schlocky product on the market and not going broke by underestimating the suckerhood of the American people to continue buying their $117 tickets, watching their cable TV network and buying their sponsors' lite beer?
The Pentagon’s top intelligence official has issued guidance on how to read and discuss “No Easy Day,” a former Navy SEAL’s unauthorized account of the raid that killed terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Pentagon employees may buy “No Easy Day,” but have to be guarded with whom they discuss the book’s contents.
“On 04 September 2012, the assistant secretary defense for public affairs noted that the Department believes the recently published book ‘No Easy Day’ (NED) contains classified and sensitive unclassified information,” begins the guidance, a copy of which was provided to The Washington Times. “As has been reported in the press, the author did not submit this book for pre-publication review that is required by non-disclosure agreements he signed.”
The Obama administration has soothed concerns about its Predator drone program by assuring that foreign governments give "full consent" before drones drop Hellfire missiles on unsuspecting targets on their territory. Turns out, though, that's not always the case.
In Pakistan, for example, the government has stopped signing off on drone strikes, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous, Siobhan Gorman and Evan Perez. But that doesn't mean the CIA has stopped the strikes. Using a silence-is-consent rationale, drones still fly because Pakistan doesn't say "no":
RIP Andy Williams 1927-2012