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Why did President Obama make exceptions for lobbyist Bill Lynn?
Two days after announcing ethics rules forbidding the employment of lobbyists in the White House, President Obama waived those rules to allow the nomination of Bill Lynn, a lobbyist for Raytheon to serve as deputy secretary of defense. Robert Gates, who will be Lynn's boss should he receive confirmation, is reported to have urged this appointment, so we can surmise one of two things, both of which could be true: 1) Lynn is a highly competent, knowledgeable and experienced professional who could make a valuable contribution to national defense; and 2) or b) Raytheon has a remote controlled device planted in the President's nether orifice.

What is Raytheon? I posted links at my main blog to corporate watchdog websites for those who like to dig into these things. They make a crapload of horrible weapons that my government uses to bomb the bejeezis out of civilians in other countries, including cluster bombs that have taken a large number of innocent lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. And makers of Silent Guardian, or "The Pain Ray":

Transmitted at the speed of light over a 700 yard distance, the Pain Ray is a millimeter-wave beam that penetrates 1/64th of an inch beneath the skin, causing the water molecules there to bubble, producing an intense burning sensation, said to feel like being burnt by molten lava or a hot iron. Its delivery system attached to a Humvee and aimed right, the Pain Ray makes people run away -- fast. ... The Defense Department want to use it for protecting Defense resources, peacekeeping, humanitarian missions and other situations in which the use of lethal force is undesirable, but already there have been inquiries from other institutes and wealthy individuals about using it to protect private property.
In other words, "non-lethal" crowd control - perfect for breaking up protests!

And obviously a P.R.O.T.U.S. Probe is not so far fetched. Maybe not so intimately installed, however; more like some kind of "Scanners" style head-exploding ray.

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Kevin Moore is the creator of Wanderlost, formerly known as Sheldon the Pig. A veteran of zines, underground comics and political cartoons, Kevin has been doing webcomics since 1999. He is also a librarian. ... full profile