An economics professor once told me, circa 1974, that this was the mathematical symbol denoting an anal sphincter, or, in the vernacular, "asshole." I later learned he had stolen the idea from a hand-drawn illustration in Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, and that Vonnegut was fond of using the symbol as a tag graphic after his signature when he autographed books.
I bring that up because the ATF street agents are both reacting to Senator Grassley's letter to Eric Holder of yesterday and reporting reaction to it among the muckety-mucks. For example, here is one whistleblower in an email to me:
I love that he (Grassley) is coming after Newell and Gillette. ATF had plenty of warning that these guys are dangerous decision makers and did nothing. No one at ATF is surprised that this got so out of hand under their inept guidance. . .
The word is coming out that Melson is calling Grassley an asshole and telling people that Grassley is wrong and has no right to be asking ATF these questions. I guess he doesn’t believe in our government's system of checks and balances.
Kenneth Melson. Family resemblance? We report, you decide.
Speaking of anal sphincters, there is a whole lot of discussion by the street agents of the breed of ATF senior executive service sphincters over on CleanUpATF.org here.
Sounds like it is Melson himself who needs a proctologist and a blue rubber glove. He'll likely get that, at the upcoming oversight hearings. KY Jelly will be optional, I think.
Congressional oversight, of a sort.