Mark Madsen barks at the CIA

Mark Madsen, our favorite elbow machine, is pissed. He's tired of Congress going after professional athletes for steroid use while ignoring the "systematic breakdown between the CIA" and those same elected officials doing steroid investi-muh-gations.

The Stanford grad executes a fine argument over at his Mad Dog blog. But he ignores an important phenomenon known as the "Lattimer effect."

From Mad Dog:

If Congress and the government allocate and allow so much time to pursue professional athletes and their statements about their own, or others' possible steroid use, perhaps we should examine statements of elected officials and the CIA when it relates to interrogation, torture and national security.  Surely we must pursue these issues with the same energy and effort with which we pursue the statements of professional athletes on personal steroid use.

If the statements made to Congress must be accurate and true and if suspicion of those statements leads to hearings, should the statements made by Congress members themselves also be subject to rigorous treatment?

Yes. Unfortunately, the last time this happened with any real impact, Fred Friendly was tapping the leg of Murrow with a pen. Our favorite batshit congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, can say whatever the hell she wants and despite folks calling her out on it, there's little punishment aside from a barb tossed at her from Keith Olbermann.

More from Mad Dog:

When the congressional hearing of Jose Canseco vs. other MLB players created questions about steroid use, Congress acted quickly and decisively and spent the next several years with multiple Congressional hearings related to this important issue.  I remember watching impassioned speeches by senators and Congresspeople talking about how important it is that steroids not be used.  Can we please see the same passion now over a national moral issue of torture?

Mad Dog. We can't. At least not yet. Torture still falls in the "well maybe it's okay" area. Your good friend, Dick, has done everything in his power to tell us how torture kept us safe. While most folks dismiss it as bunk, part of it sticks. That's the crappy outcome of framing politics in easy to swallow soundbites.

Since we don't have a person like, say, Mark McGwire, coming out on a national platform to say why steroids were good for baseball, we're left with a super majority of the population believing steroids are bad. Not so for tor... excuse me, enhanced interrogation.

All this screws with our feeble heads. We're left spinning around in a state of cognitive dissonance, and the only solution for mental harmony is to smash our noggins through a windshield. It's the phenomenon reference above, the Lattimer Effect, and coincidentally, it's associated with 'roids.

Example A: 

(ht: John Adams)

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