Those photographs of sludge-soaked pelicans are painful to behold. It's those hollow pupils peeking out of the brown death. They are an avian version of the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg that Fitzgerald once wrote about -- and they implicate us all.
What we now know is that generals are fully permitted to publicly challenge the constitutional authority of the president and the elected civilian leadership of the United States. That is apparently not a fireable offense.
It's perfectly fine to criticize Gardner for sucking up to energy interests, as long as the same voices expressing outrage at him express outrage at his Democratic opponent, Rep. Betsy Markey, for doing the same thing in the very same week.