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The Illustrated Daily Scribble is an ultra-current blog of my raw sketches about the day's news drawn on legal pads. I'll post new material here Monday through Friday -- excepting Thursday. Occasionally, my day job will prevent posting. Yesterday's cartoon is now in the archive: Wonderland: Queen of Hearts, C.I.A., and Pentagon -- prison without trial. [ Archive ].

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SCRIBBLE FINISHES NO. 2 IN VOTING: Voting is over at About.com for best Web cartoon of 2004. Scribble -- with 30% of the vote -- finished number 2 behind winner Jib Jab -- with 33% of the vote. Thanks to everyone who voted for Scribble. Charles Fincher.

Confirmation hearings are near on White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales for Attorney General. While expected to be confirmed, Gonzales is expected to face questioning about his torture memo. Gonzales tried to cover his bosses ass writing that President Bush was not bound by the Geneva Conventions or U.S. law on torture as he is allowed to pursue war to defend the U.S. in any manner he sees fit. He also called Geneva "quaint."

I thought at the time that Gonzales was writing like a tricky corporate lawyer trying to get his client around regulations instead of realizing that he was addressing a national philosophical issue.  His memo and the others were an embarrassment to the country. Here is the first Scribble on the Gonzales memo and a second one related to it.

Last week, the Justice Department issued a new memo on torture in which it concluded that it was not legal. Moreover, it explicitly rescinded the former memos that allowed torture. Some think the recent memo is cover for Gonzales. Here's what one former Justice person said to the Washington Post:

" ' Clearly the release of this now is backfilling for Gonzales's confirmation hearing,' said I. Michael Greenberger, a senior Justice Department official in the Clinton administration who now heads the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. 'These memos have been a tremendous source of embarrassment to both Gonzales and the administration.' "

Here's a paragraph from story from today's online Washington Post about military officers who oppose Gonzales because of his torture memos:

"A dozen high-ranking retired military officers took the unusual step yesterday of signing a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing "deep concern" over the nomination of White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, marking a rare military foray into the debate over a civilian post."

01.04.05

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The Daily Scribble finishes No. 2 in voting for best Web cartoon of the year at About.com