Tuesday Open Thread – plus Secret Service scandal discussion

Posted by: ST on April 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

FYI – the next few days are going to be crazy busy for both me and Phineas as we try to cram in five days of work into three, as we’ll both be attending Blog Con Charlotte (blogger convention right here in my back yard!) on Friday and Saturday (we’re both off workThursday and Friday). So blogging will be light at least through Saturday. In the meantime, I’ll try to put up some daily discussion threads to keep people mildly entertained. ;)

And speaking of, how about the Secret Service scandal that has erupted?
Fox News has confirmed
that the 11 agents – some senior in rank – who have been identified as being involved in “Hookergate” have had their security clearances revoked, and I suspect more heads will roll as time goes on – as it should be. This is obviously awful and embarrassing for the Secret Service but, IMO, should not detract from the overall excellent and critical work the agency has done over the years. Most of these guys and gals take their jobs VERY seriously and the scandal surrounding the few should who stepped way out of line should be considered an exception to the rule. Just my .02.

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5 Responses to “Tuesday Open Thread – plus Secret Service scandal discussion”


  1. Carlos says:

    Well, it’s certainly not that surprising, considering the moral (or amoral) atmosphere they work in. I’m just a little surprised that the reaction on the moonbat side isn’t more of an “Eh!” They undoubtedly wonder what the fuss is about, or think that stupid puritanical-types are still demonstrably so prudish as to think young people like the ones busted should control their hormones.

    And they (the tin-foil hat set) still don’t have a clue what this is all about.

  2. TexasMom2012 says:

    If they were Democrat politicians the news would be “it is just sex. Nothing to see here. They were on personal time etc…” but instead they were secret service and military who are more likely to be republican. I agree they should lose their clearance but what about those politicians serving on top secret clearance committees? Shouldn’t they lose clearance when they leak info etc. or get caught letting their boyfriend run prostitutes in their basement or have ethics violations????

  3. John A says:

    Different topic – open thread, yes?

    Seems a State legislature wrote a law authorising the Department of Natural Resources to get rid of “invasive” species. And unusual or “heritage” (think apples and roses) pigs are now outlawed by regulation, even if farmed for generations.

    Is it lawful to own a pig in Michigan

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Other than the lapses in security protocols it was a complete shock to me the Secret Service reportedly no longer has a physical screening test as a condition of employment or a regularly scheduled weapons proficiency and requalifying program.

  5. Carlos says:

    From a story by the AP today (4-20/12):

    “Perhaps it would be in the interests of a complete and thorough and fair investigation not to make determinations about the conclusions of an investigation before they’ve even been reached,” Carney said. “That’s the president’s position.”

    Finally, a story where the president is going to really wait until ALL the facts are in before weighing in on it.

    As a matter of fact, my guess is he will not only wait until all the facts are in, he won’t comment on it at all until he can spin it to make himself the one who discovered the scandal, reported it, investigated it personally and personally fired or forced out those who lost their jobs over it.

    Gives new meaning to “The buck stops here.”