Monday, September 19, 2016

WP editorial: No pardon for Edward Snowden

In a move that appears not to be the work of the satirical Onion, The Washington Post has called for the prosecution of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Washington Post has stunned many people in the United States, including a large section of the country’s journalistic community, by coming out against a pardon for whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Despite the newspaper having been responsible for publishing leaks by the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, its latest editorial urges President Barack Obama not to pardon him.
The sedate, but logically garbled editorial argument seems to be that Snowden should step up and take his punishment like the patriotic man he has allowed many to assume he is. Never mind that the exculpatory information Snowden might bring to bear at trial would be disallowed for "security" reasons. A fair trial is not the point. A moral purity that has not been in play in other pardons is very much in play here.

Were the editorial minders of the WP drunk or deranged or simply desperate that they should float such a balloon? The resulting clamor speaks well for the esteem in which the Washington Post was once held.

It's ... it's ... it's ... well, fuck!


  1. There comes a point in time when fuck is good or even right. When is fuck good? Perhaps, the Buddha knows best, but fuck, the Buddha ain't telling and Ananda ain't memorising or regurgitating when fuck is good. The scriptures make mention of sexual misconduct or illicit sex whether loosely or tightly translated in English, yet those that go down to the details of why ejaculation is evil are usually tailored towards monastics. The name Edo Tai Shimano eeriely flies across my mind like an evil Halloween pumpkin. Spare me or us the details, perhaps.

    Let me try simplifying how fuck may be good.

    When one marries a spouse legally, fucking the spouse may be good.

    When one divorces or is widowed and remarries another spouse legally, fucking the spouse may be good.

    Fucking a sex toy may be an option in Japan or beyond, it seems.

    Yet, when I am male, fucking Edward Snowden or Barack Obama is definitely not good and not right. Please refrain from sexual misconduct. Thank you.

    1. I'd suggest not confusing the fuck-er and the fuck-ee in this instance. Snowden is being fucked by a government ideology without his consent or lubricant.