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EU and the USA – The Small Difference

According to the international version of Spiegel-Online, the EU Commision has produced a video showing its support for the European film industry.

The result shows the difference in governmental sensiblities.


Canned Vegitable

I’m sure George W. Bush fondly thinks about the times when Libby was just the name of a brand of canned vegitables (long since swallowed up by some mega-food congomerate.)

And so yesterday he chose; at the nadir of his presidency; while entertaining another world leader who doesn’t necessarily play straight and fair and only one day after the Washington Post highlighted this poor “besieged and isolated” man, to commute Scooters prison sentence.
This will be compared with his famous “If somebody committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration” comment. I guess for Bush that would be seem to be punishment enough.

I suspect Libby’s fine will eventually be partially paid for by hard core Republicans. He isn’t innocent. He just got an “excessive sentence.”

Funny. I thought sentencing was determined by the Judicial Branch of the four three branches of government. Fitzgerald thinks so,

We fully recognize that the Constitution provides that commutation decisions are a matter of presidential prerogative and we do not comment on the exercise of that prerogative.

We comment only on the statement in which the President termed the sentence imposed by the judge as “excessive.” The sentence in this case was imposed pursuant to the laws governing sentencings which occur every day throughout this country. In this case, an experienced federal judge considered extensive argument from the parties and then imposed a sentence consistent with the applicable laws. It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals. That principle guided the judge during both the trial and the sentencing.

Welcome to Neo-Feudalism. Where a canned vegitable can uncan a criminal. Because he just wasn’t that bad.