Washington City Paper‘s very own Mike DeBonis yesterday quoted Fenty administration big shot Peter Nickles on the question of the day: Why did the administration target only gov’t employees who were viewing porn on the job?

According to Nickles, the cost of looking at other things, such as gambling or other banned personal uses, would have been more costly. “And I would suggest that one is more egregious that the other,” said the city lawyer.

Indeed: Porn use at work is gross, in a way that home porn use isn’t at all—just ask Dan Savage. Nobody wants to happen upon your low-walled cubicle and catch a glimpse of smiling to the threesome unfolding on your computer screen.

Still, the fact that nine people were compiling hundreds of clicks a day and that 32 others were using enough to draw a reprimand tells you quite a lot. Namely, if that many people are that comfy checking out porn at work, just think a bit about the culture. Why would anyone on the payroll think twice about spending their entire workday on gambling sites, shopping sites, ESPN, whatever. God help the muni unions if Big Brother Nickles found a way to bust people for visiting sites that had no connection whatsoever to their work.

The D.C. government may well be the most bustling Internet cafe in the entire world. Just come on in and surf!