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  •  I love the waffle words (7+ / 0-)

    "to my knowledge" in this statement (which he also repeats in his written testimony:

    During those conversations, to my knowledge, I did not make decisions about who should or should not be asked to resign.

    Translation: I never made any decisions, but, of course, my out-of-control _________________ could be affecting my memory.

    To fill in the blank, CHOOSE ONE:
    A. prescription painkiller habit
    B. alcohol problem
    C. early Alzheimer's disease

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    by thebes on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 12:10:22 PM PDT

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    •  yes, that is beautiful - action without awareness (4+ / 0-)

      Consider the implication!

      "I did not, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, make decisions about who should resign...."  but it is entirely possible that "I MADE THOSE DECISIONS AND HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF HAVING DONE SO!"

      What a perfect coda for a member of the unitary executive, in which all decisions are ultimately Presidential decisions, and all sub-Presidential actors act with the authority and direction of the Office of the President.  They are automatons, capable of making decisions without awareness that they are doing so!

      It's a perfect expression of this administration's philosophy.

      Consider also the line from the Washington Post in which Gonzo claimes to have engaged in no "improper" action, as if it were the witness's job to define his actions as proper or improper!  

      You try to stick with the facts Mr. AG, and leave it to the nice Senators to let you know what was proper and what was not.

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