YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED May 2, 2007 9:33 PM   Subscribe

Remember that deadline Patrick Leahy set at Alberto's hearing? Well, Gonzo apparently missed it. Leahy responds with a letter, subpoena included. (direct link to pdf) A follow-up to this post.
posted by phaedon to MetaFilter-Related at 9:33 PM (47 comments total)

Oh man do I love my senator with a white hot heat.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:47 PM on May 2, 2007


Not to douse any of the passion and lust of the Jessadmin, isn't that post for which this is a follow-up is still open?
posted by Dave Faris at 9:49 PM on May 2, 2007


Strange doings are afoot in the halls of power.

I just wanted to say 'afoot'.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:53 PM on May 2, 2007


What a cool subpoena: [in kickass old english font] hereof fail not, as you will answer your default under the pains and penalties in such cases are made and provided.
posted by nerdcore at 9:59 PM on May 2, 2007


There are so many good clips of Leahy ripping Gonzales, though I was looking for the choice one where he says something like "Oh, I'm sorry Mr. Attorney General, you're unable to provide this committee with anything relevant" in a really snide and smarmy tone that makes Alberto's skin crawl.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:04 PM on May 2, 2007


I am going to try this.

GREETING: Pursuant to lawful authority, YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to bring me a pitcher and some wings.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 10:05 PM on May 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


phaedon, are you color blind?
posted by caddis at 10:08 PM on May 2, 2007


I'm actually totally blind. Why do you ask?
posted by phaedon at 10:14 PM on May 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


yeah, I think the thread being open to follow ups is good, but realistically speaking no one checks weeks old metafilter posts. And we all know that discussing (throwing tomatoes at) items of interest is most of the fun in the blue.

So what's the etiquette here? Post in the same thread, where your comment will never be read by anyone again? Make a new metafilter post? Or is doing something like this ok?
posted by jourman2 at 10:26 PM on May 2, 2007


5. The terms "you" and "your" include you individually, in your capacity as Attorney General, as well as the Department of Justice, and, without limitation, anyone presently or formerly employed there, suspended from employment there, or on administrative leave from employment there.

6. Be sure to wear those pointy shoes with the bells at the end.
posted by rob511 at 10:55 PM on May 2, 2007


Speak realistically for yourself, jourman2. If you use the "My Comments" feature, and if you originally found a topic interesting enough to comment on when it was first posted, you'll see any additions to that thread no matter how late in the game it is.

As for Metatalk, this "Metafilter-related" distinction has really come to mean virtually anything under the Sun, hasn't it?
posted by Dave Faris at 10:56 PM on May 2, 2007


*dons cranky pants*

Dave's right on this one.

*doffs cranky pants*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:05 PM on May 2, 2007


Let me add the fuel to the fire I guess you are looking for. My thought process goes like this whenever I consider posting this.

1. I'm going to FPP this to the blue.
2. Am I fucking crazy? I'm totally going to get my asshole ripped for posting this to the blue.
3. I should post this to MeTa.
4. Am I fucking crazy? I'm totally going to get my asshole ripped for posting this to MeTa.
5. I should add this to original thread that was on the blue.
6. Are you kidding me? Nobody will even notice. Maybe one person. And this is a pretty decent development.
7. I should post this on MeTa.
8. Posted it on MeTa.
9. Then noticed thread was still open; braced from impact.
10. Decided to match snark with snark and hope they went away.
11. Did not go away.

I admit, I'm stuck between gear on this one. But with the rapidity of great posts on MeFi lately, shit man, sometimes it feels like people don't even scroll down anymore.
posted by phaedon at 11:17 PM on May 2, 2007


I stopped reading after step 4. And I think you should have, too.
posted by Dave Faris at 11:24 PM on May 2, 2007


I'm sorry. I don't mean to be so cranky, bickering over trivialities of classification. But you ought to factor in that Metatalk gets a fraction of the traffic that Metafilter gets, and so posting it here will also garner fewer eyeballs than posting it in the original thread.

And how much you want to bet that someone will make a new post about this breaking news story to the front page anyway?
posted by Dave Faris at 11:38 PM on May 2, 2007


I just noticed (yes, seriously...speaking of blind) that there's a *recent comments* tab on the front of the blue. I mean, I don't really care that this was posted here but it won't be consigned to the dustbin of the unclseen just because it's posted back in the original thread.
posted by peacay at 11:56 PM on May 2, 2007


"Speak realistically for yourself, jourman2. If you use the "My Comments" feature, and if you originally found a topic interesting enough to comment on when it was first posted, you'll see any additions to that thread no matter how late in the game it is."

You mean Amberglow Watch.
posted by klangklangston at 12:27 AM on May 3, 2007 [4 favorites]


The My Comment feature sucks. It only tracks the last 10 comments or so in the thread, which if you don't visit it for an hour means you miss some comments and then have to go back to the thread, find your place and catch up.

What's needed is a way to subscribe to a post and then bookmark/note the last comment you read in that thread.

Then you could go to a page that lists all your subscriptions and it'll note how many new comments have been made to thread and it'll list the last 10 comments from your bookmark (maybe make this ajax goodness, so you don't get a page of comments as default, but don't have to reload the page).

The key part is that the user would be able to manually mark where to return to in the thread.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:23 AM on May 3, 2007


The My Comment feature sucks. It only tracks the last 10 comments or so in the thread, which if you don't visit it for an hour means you miss some comments and then have to go back to the thread, find your place and catch up.

I don't think it sucks, but that was the reason I asked for this.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:37 AM on May 3, 2007


Where, I now notice, you were the first person to comment. So nevermind, I guess.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:39 AM on May 3, 2007


People complaining about where this should have been posted should take it to MetaMetaTalk.
posted by DU at 4:19 AM on May 3, 2007


It's rare that I recommend a MeTa thread for deletion, but this one has my full endorsement.
posted by Eideteker at 4:20 AM on May 3, 2007


I've recommended it before, and I'll recommend it again: co.mments.com. It allows you to bookmark threads (Metafilter and otherwise), and serves as kind of an RSS feed: if a new comment is posted in a bookmarked thread, it bumps it to the top of the list and marks it as having new comments.

In addition to the main service being RSS-like, it also offers and actual feed, so you can drop your "co.mments.com" feed into your RSS reader, and whenever someone comments in a thread you've marked, it will bump to the top of the RSS feed and flag itself as having new comments.

Advantages over "my comments" is that you can bookmark any thread, even if you haven't commented, and just want to keep an eye on it. Plus it works for lots of sites, not just MeFi.

The only drawback I've seen is that it can't handle super-monster threads, like the VT shooting or the portobello mushroom thread. I don't know where the limit is, but probably somewhere around 300 comments.
posted by Bugbread at 5:49 AM on May 3, 2007


That shouldn't be here. There's an open thread where the people who care about this will find it.
posted by dios at 7:31 AM on May 3, 2007


I'm sorry. I don't mean to be so cranky, bickering over trivialities of classification.

but it's what you do best!
posted by quonsar at 7:42 AM on May 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the update.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:23 AM on May 3, 2007


What. The. Fuck?
posted by mkultra at 8:56 AM on May 3, 2007


I love my senator with a white hot heat

he's cool because he's giving everybody a Politics 101 lesson -- no matter how much power you have at moment (and, in this case, how rich you already are and how rich your masters will make you for serving them so well) you never ever humiliate publicly -- and, really, needlessly -- someone; because the situation could change. Cheney should have kept things at least formally polite the way they usually are -- you just don't lash out that way in public.

unless you want people to come after your ass with some special glee after they regain a little power. and they will, eventually, oh they will.
posted by matteo at 9:20 AM on May 3, 2007


...and they will, eventually, oh they will.

I'll bring the feathers, honey, you bring the tar...
posted by taosbat at 9:36 AM on May 3, 2007


Speak realistically for yourself, jourman2. If you use the "My Comments" feature, and if you originally found a topic interesting enough to comment on when it was first posted, you'll see any additions to that thread no matter how late in the game it is.

Speak for yourself, Dave Faris. I use the "My Comments" feature all the time, and when an old thread I hadn't looked at in forever gets a new comment out of the blue, I go "why the hell is he posting in that thread? no one's reading that anymore, and it knocked one of my more recent and therefore more interesting threads off the "My Comments" page!" and then I ignore whatever that person said.
posted by shmegegge at 10:24 AM on May 3, 2007


Why do you think that a post is necessarily more interesting just because it's newer?
posted by Dave Faris at 10:31 AM on May 3, 2007


Go figure. The day I recommend co.mments.com, it crashes.
posted by Bugbread at 11:12 AM on May 3, 2007


Who gives a shit where it's posted? Don't you know the Singularity is choking you right now?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:19 AM on May 3, 2007


Why do you think that a post is necessarily more interesting just because it's newer?

the world may never know.
posted by shmegegge at 11:47 AM on May 3, 2007


You are all plate of beansing it. It's here on the grey. Read it or don't. I personally found it interesting. Jessamyn personally found it arousing.

Whatever floats your boat, I guess.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 1:58 PM on May 3, 2007


i am officially tired of the plate of beans joke. from now on, go back to we have cameras or this x it vibrates. thank you.
posted by shmegegge at 2:20 PM on May 3, 2007


We should ditch those other two as well.
posted by puke & cry at 2:40 PM on May 3, 2007


shmegegge writes "i am officially tired of the plate of beans joke. from now on, go back to we have cameras or this x it vibrates. thank you."

Why are you so mad about the cups? Is it something I would have to have a MetaFilter account to understand?
posted by Bugbread at 2:43 PM on May 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well, it's been gerundized now so the the cycle can end. In-jokes that go one nanosecond past that point make everyone dumber.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:48 PM on May 3, 2007


Senator, I served with gerunds. I know gerunds. Gerunds are a kind of noun. Senator, that was no gerund.

Present participlized in order to be used as a verb in the present continuous/progressive, OK. Your point stands, even if your grammar wobbles a bit. [/pedant]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:18 PM on May 3, 2007




i am officially tired of the plate of beans joke.

I meant it more as a way to tell you all you're overthinking something trivial, rather than as a joke.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 7:36 AM on May 4, 2007


All this overthinking is contagious.
posted by Dave Faris at 8:02 AM on May 4, 2007


FWIW, I think this significant enough to be worthy of a new, blue FPP. I think your first instinct was correct.
posted by LordSludge at 11:43 AM on May 4, 2007


We might encourage overthinking. It seems preferable to the usual alternative.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:27 PM on May 4, 2007


Brandon Blatcher writes "What's needed is a way to subscribe to a post and then bookmark/note the last comment you read in that thread."

I really hope Metafilthy is working again soon, sigh.
posted by Mitheral at 5:30 PM on May 4, 2007


We might encourage overthinking. It seems preferable to the usual alternative.
posted by Blazecock Pileon


Or, we could just let all us whackos do whatever and see where the trend goes.
posted by taosbat at 9:07 PM on May 4, 2007


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