Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

  • CIA torture report not likely to result in reforms or prosecutions: “The Justice Department has cast the matter as a closed case… Federal prosecutors will not reopen their investigation of whether criminal laws were broken by CIA guards and interrogators for mistreating detainees… The White House dodged questions on whether President Obama agreed with its core findings.”

Because anal rape, waterboarding, extreme psychological abuse, and brutal beatings just aren’t convincing enough, right?

Pres. Obama: “Look forward, not back.” Note to the president: All crimes happened in the past. But okay, I’ll bite, let’s do that: I look forward– to the day BushCo gets prosecuted and thrown in prison (as if that’ll every happen).

I’m suffering from enhanced exasperation.

  • And here’s somebody you should make a point to read, my pal Will Bunch, who has a rejoinder or three. It’s a Must-Read:

I think these two stories — CIA agents torturing terror suspects, police gunning down unarmed black men in U.S. cities — are cut from the same cloth.

You read that right. The GOP just armtwisted members to vote for the Cromnibus Rule and it worked.

As Rachel explained on her show last night about how one specific provision– yet another dangerous Wall Street giveaway– could make the economy implode again (via The Maddow Blog):

[The GOP] decided to tell the banks that, “Yes, the American taxpayers would be happy to once again underwrite that kind of high risk trading. Taxpayers would love to be on the hook for that again.”

but wait there's more smaller

BREAKING: President Obama supports the passage of the 9-month, $1.1 trillion spending bill… via @politico

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

drunk wine doctor