Saturday, December 15, 2007

Finally ...

Here and unpacked. Going to bed now and I'm not waking up until morning to try and sleep off this jetlag. More from me tomorrow. My outstanding nephew set up a wireless connection in the house so blogging will be regular. Yay!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007


Join Congressman Wexler's call for Cheney impeachment hearings

Comic books have come a long way since $crooge McDuck...

Shooting War: The New Graphic Novel (trailer) from SMITHmag on Vimeo.

"...nut cases , religious fanatics, and other extremists..."

The Existentialist Cowboy

None of the GOP presidential hopefuls are supported above a level of about 23 percent according to polls released by New York Times and CBS News. Mitt Romney's dilemma typifies the party's dilemma. Romney, a Mormon, must get the religious extremist vote to get the nomination. If he gets it, he risks losing the White House. The GOP is now paying for having made a Faustian pact with religious right and other extremists.

Having accused the GOP of mass insanity on numerous occasions, I would venture that the GOP is down to its base of some 23 percent: nut cases, religious fanatics, and other right wing extremists, a GOP base that is 180 degrees out of phase with the rest of the populuation, the principles of our founding, common sense, decency. The fanatics represent the party's hard core which finds in George Bush's failures, his only successes. I am increasingly confident that sane folk will call them what they truly are. Abysmal, miserable failures.

The GOP will lose against any Democratic candidate because it is unprepared to condemn what Bush has done to the nation. No GOP candidate is prepared to tell the truth: George W. Bush is a traitor to the US and its Constitution. Nevertheless, this miserable excuse for a party should pay the price for having supported the overthrow of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and our every international obligation since George Washington.

There ought to be a price to be paid for having been criminal, stupid, and arrogant! Fuck the GOP!

You can say that again!


Fuck the GOP.

"Waiter, I'd like to change my order!"

Leah Garchik is a columnist for the EssEffChron. She usually has a little 'Public Eavesdropping' blurb like this in her column.

"No, Kevin. ... It's Tandoori game hen, not Tandoori gay men."

Gent overheard at Ajanta Indian restaurant in Berkeley by Drew Kemp

I just thought that was cute.

Substantially Inconveniencing the U.S. Government?

Happening over in Portland (Oregon) . . . while protesting some time ago at a military recruiter office, this unlikely small group of protesters left their hand prints, red hand prints on the outside window (tempera paint). The case was tried in Multnomah County court.
Four grandmothers and a grandfather handcuffed by police and jailed for leaving red hand prints on the window of a military recruiting center have been acquitted of criminal mischief charges. A Multnomah County jury deliberated for just 30 minutes Thursday after a two-day trial before acquitting the four grandmothers and one grandfather of criminal mischief with the intent to substantially inconvenience the U.S. government.

The defendants, all in their 60s and 70s, are part of a local protest movement called the Seriously Pissed Off Grannies.

A couple of observations:

1 .) What a fucking idiot of a a prosecutor this ' Deputy District Attorney Seth Steward' is for attempting to paint these 'Seriously Pissed Off Grannies' as analogous with suicide bombers.

2.) Which may very be why some of the jurors reportedly thought the trial and all was "waste of time & public resources" taking 30 minutes to come up with the verdict - 28 of those 30 minutes spent discussing the asinineness of the prosecutor.

Early whorage ...

Since I'll be on an autobahn somewhere between Frankfurt and the French border tomorrow morning, I figured I'd post my weekly chapter of Thirty Days at Zeta at The Practical Press today.

And I just wanted to add this I saw while cruising Blogtopia (y!sctp!) earlier. For all you folks who think Huckabee has the market cornered on 'moral values'.

"If not for Mike Huckabee, Wayne Dumond would've been in prison, and Carol Sue would've been with us this year for Christmas."

There is not one moral bone in Huckabee's body.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


We're leaving for Germany tomorrow so I got a buncha shit to do between now and then. Hopefully, I'll be posting when I get over there and you'll meet my crazy family. As always, Gord's got the keys until I get back. Don't give the old man any shit. Heh ...

So what?

Senate Judiciary approves contempt resolutions against Rove, Bolten

Swell. Now what? Those fuckers'll just shine it on like they do everything involving sanity or rule of law.

Note to Senate Judiciary Committee: You want these assholes to respect what you say? Bench warrants, U.S. Marshals, handcuffs, orange clothes. And don't forget the TV cameras.

The very first rock 'n roll song

See if you notice any phallic symbols...

Also, give thanks that women don't have to put on that many layers of clothing anymore and we don't have to talk them out of them in the back seat of an old Olds...


A comment from this Ike and Tina Turner video:

RIP Ike, and as for Anna Mae, you betta sing these songs the way I tell you to sing 'em, you betta sing this shit like yo' mothafuckin' LIFE depended on it...

Kucinich protests exclusion from Des Moines debate

USA Today

Kucinich's campaign said today he has been excluded because "his Iowa field director operates from a home office rather than a rented storefront." The campaign quoted newspaper editor Carolyn Washburn as saying, "It was our determination that a person working out of his home did not meet our criteria for a campaign office and full-time paid staff in Iowa."

'Home offices' are absolutely legitimate. I think the real reason the Register is excluding Denny is a TV time thing.

The campaign also notes that Kucinich is the top-ranked candidate in online polls conducted by Democracy For America and Progressive Democrats of America and both groups plan to advertise for him.

What do you think? Should Kucinich get an invitation? Should Mike Gravel get an invitation? Was it right to include Keyes in today's debate? We welcome your (polite, civil and thoughtful) comments.

Hell yes, Kucinich and Gravel should be invited! They're not going to win anything - they're too liberal and too smart and too honest - but they add a little common sense to the main panderpalooza of 30-second sound bites that are being called 'debates'.

Keyes? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Sure, the more of those Repug clowns on stage, the better. I get this visual of all the candidates arriving together and climbing out of a Yugo. Mr. Keyes exits last and leaves his chauffeur's cap on the seat...

New Bush Coins

Gott mit Uns

Dr.J on Romney's "freedom is religion" mis-speech:

I have been a skier for close to 50 years. For the first 30 of those I skied in the Northeast, where I live. For the last 20 or so, I have been lucky enough to be able to ski in the Colorado Rockies, mainly at Breckenridge. I am occasionally asked if I have ever skied in Utah (which does have excellent skiing, so I am told). "No," I reply, hoping to be jocular, "I don't ski in theocracies." Well, now I know that I wasn't being funny.

The true intent of Romney's speech was not to deal with religious freedom, which in the American tradition is as much about the freedom from religion as about freedom of religion. For Romney, it is now quite clear, what he oddly calls "freedom" requires religious belief, that in his terms in turn requires belief in something he calls "God." He also makes it quite clear that if you don't believe in a Goddist form of "religion" as he defines it (no Buddhists allowed, apparently), you are not entitled to freedom.

This philosophy is the essence of theocracy: the melding of government and religion. It happens that it has always turned out that theocracy means government under a particular religion, with the formulation of that government's rules determined by what that particular religion says they should be. Contemporary examples are Islamic theocratic states such as (oh my, talk about irony) Iran and Saudi Arabia, with no "freedom" in the traditional American sense. Although this statement of Romney's surprises some, we should not be surprised. The most important thing about him, the element of him that in my view totally disqualifies him to be President of the United States, is that he grew up in a theocracy and obviously thinks that form of government and governing is the most natural thing in the world. Unusually for this classic flip-flopper on so many issues, on this one he is being entirely consistent. So why the spelling of his nickname above with only one "T?" Why on the belt buckle of every Nazi Wehrmacht soldier was the slogan: "Gott mit Uns."

The United States is not a theocracy, and it had better not become one as long as I am capable of pulling a trigger. If the Saints and the fundies want a religious war, they just need to keep going the way they're going.

How Crazy Christian Do You Want Your Candidate, Republicans?:

The Rude Pundit

You look into former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's eyes and those fuckers are spinning. Fast. Exactly how insane Huckabee may be has been the subject of discussion before, most notably in Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone article on the Republican candidate and through his isolate-the-AIDS-plague-victims remarks and his "I ain't a primate" talk, but there's levels of bugfuckery in Huckabee that are so damn scary that Jesus must be wanting to make a special appearance just to say, "Whoa, whoa, don't let this nutsy fucker represent for me."

Here's a few insane tidbits:

No shit!

But here's some bottom line shit: Mike Huckabee was a low rent televangelist in Arkansas during the Reagan/Bush I era. You think in Texarkana in 1989 that the Southern Baptists would embrace anything less than a completely nutzoid preacherman? Motherfucker used to do tent revivals, was the President of the Arkansas Baptist Convention, and no less than one of the chiefest deranged Christians, Rick Scarborough, says, "I suggest that God may be sending us a lifeline. Who better to lead a nation nearing moral collapse and perhaps World War III than a president who is also a pastor with 10 years of senior executive experience as a governor?" And that should give us all the night sweats and explosive shits. When we finally see or read Huckabee's sermons from those early years, it's gonna be some hellfire and damnation.

Hell, though, Republicans, go ahead and nominate an apocalyptic sounding prick, one who believes we are in World War III, who is supported by Mr. Left Behind himself, who says of our current conflicts, "This is not like most wars and battles, which are fought over property or prosperity or personalities or even politics. At the heart of this is religion. But a perversion of religion. Islamic fascism is real, and the jihadists that have declared a war against us must be understood in the theological context in which this war is being waged." Religious war, man. Enjoy it all the way through the American Rapture.

I have nothing to add to this. Well, one thing - we may find out yet what "batshit crazy" really means if the Repugs are nuts enough to nominate this clown, let alone 'elect' him, and it will not be funny.

Hell just froze over

The Boston Globe

Gonzales named lawyer of the year by American Bar Association

"Think about Time magazine's Person of the Year," Adams said in an interview. "In years past they've named people like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin. So we're not suggesting by these awards that these are the best lawyers in any sense of the word. We are saying they are the most newsworthy -- and perhaps also the best."

Other high-profile lawyers that were nominated for the distinction included Goodling, the Justice Department's liaison to the White House who quit in April amid the political firestorm; I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the investigation into the leaked identity of former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson; and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the top prosecutor in Chicago who won the case against Libby.

Fixer's right. There is no more irony. Yeesh.

This Administration Is Like a Bad Movie...

Tony Peyser

The Bush Administration was under court order not to discard evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that revealed some of its harshest tactics. A White House spokesman yesterday said, "I can't live with myself anymore! I have to tell the truth! The official who insisted on destroying the all tapes was ---." The spokesman suddenly grabbed his neck, removed a poisoned dart from an African blowgun, and collapsed to the ground.

Later Ike ...

You made great music, but a scumbag like you deserves just what he got.

Ike and Tina - Proud Mary

Glad Tina finally got away.

Tina Turner - Son of a Preacher Man

See ya in Hell, Ike. You'd better have the jams cranking when I get there.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

PTL - Praise The Lord? No - Pass The Loot

Click for a larger collection plate

And the Bronze goes to...

My theme so far today seems to be about religion. Our pal Shakey's Sis is going on about it as well. And, oh yeah, she's as pissed off as I am about the way it's stinkin' up our otherwise flawless (pukes on keyboard) political tomfoolery.

I mean, this is to what our national political dialogue has been reduced by these idiots. Rather than teasing out the flaws in Romney's policy platform, Huckabee instead impugns his character merely by accusing him of believing Jesus and Satan are brothers, because everyone knows that's way wackier than believing that Jesus is God's son but Satan is just a fallen angel!

Are you fucking kidding me?

So it doesn't really matter a fig to me whether Romney believes Jesus and Satan are brothers; I still know he's a disingenuous, opportunistic, integrity-challenged dodo. That Huckabee is trying to make it an issue only confirms that he is a brainless, ethically-impaired gobshite, hiding behind his religion because he's got nothing else to offer.

She goes on at length and you should go read.

In her 'comments':

Why aren't you writing in a major magazine?

I use the f word. Also: I have a vagina.

I use the f word too. I wonder if I could write as well as she does if I had a...but I digress, and just in time too!

You just keep doin' whatcher doin', sweetheart, and they'll bleep one out and bronze the other for the Hall of Fame.

Re Jesus and Satan being brothers, just fer grins go see the video Romney doesn't want you to see.

GOP Religious Bigotry

Troutfishing at Kos

They just can't help themselves, can they ? The Christmas spirit and religious bigotry, both eternal, are forever at odds but today's religious right dominated Republican Party seems to have gotten one confused for the other. That's not surprising, however, because the religious right of their day, the Puritans, started the Christian war on Christmas to advance the Puritan values of stinginess and religious bigotry, and the contemporary American GOP is sliding right back into that traditional groove. Somebody better call Bill O'Reilly - the war on Christmas has spread to the GOP. Or, maybe it started there.

At this point, Mr. Troutfishing goes into some detail on the Puritans, who, by the way, are with us yet.

After years of screwing up managing the US Federal Government and starting a disastrous and costly war, the GOP has, for once, gotten something right, sort of ;

The original American Christmas spirit was hatred of what we now know as Christmas, and by exemplifying the original, stingy and mean Puritan hatred of Christmas and the Christmas spirit the GOP's new House Resolution may represent a bold new front in the war, against Christmas, which has been languishing since the Puritans took off their hats and drab clothes, got off their hard wooden pews, and learned to enjoy life a little.

Maybe, for his next stunning act, Steve King can introduce a House Resolution calling for non-Christians to be pressed to death with rocks, children stoned to death for talking back to their parents, or dogs tried for witchcraft.

What's Christmas without a little gratuitous meanness ?

The whole "war on Christmas" deal is silly, but religious intolerance is not. I'm very tolerant of other people's beliefs, except of course Repuglicans, unless they're in my face about it or trying to pass laws to make me see things their way.

Note to religionists: practice any rituals you like short of molesting children. Just do it in private. Say anything you like in the public square about injustice and helping your fellow man, but STFU about politics or start paying taxes.

Dear World,

Please ignore President Bush. He doesn't represent us.

Sign the petition.

Great thanks to our pal Creature.

And so it begins ...


the sound you hear was skippy's ira going down the toilet. today the dow jones dropped almost 300 points after the federal reserve lowered interest rates by a mere 25 points (a quarter of one percent).


Hold on to your hats. It'll get worse in the new year.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Fall Of The House Of Bush

It can't come too soon for me. Excellent BuzzFlash interview with Craig Unger. They're trying to sell his book but it's good anyway.

Radar Magazine on the book:

Run, don't walk to buy Craig Unger's brilliant new book The Fall of the House of Bush. Forget about the clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. Unger's subject is the war that really matters: the one between Islamic, Jewish, and Christian fundamentalists on one side, and the scientific (reality-based!) post-Enlightenment world that some of us still prefer to inhabit.

Yes, some of us still do.

From the interview:

BuzzFlash: In essence, what I'm saying is, why the Middle East? Is there another issue other than oil?

Craig Unger: There are two powerful reasons there. It has to do with oil and Israel.

So they saw Iraq as a beachhead from which the US could go after the crown jewel of the Middle East -- Iran. That way, Israel would be secure, and the US would have cozy oil deals with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran all in the Western camp. This was never about democratizing the Middle East -- if that were the case the neocons would have been screaming to overthrow the Saudis. It was about winning strategic dominance for the US throughout the entire region, with Israeli security and oil being the two great prizes.

Much more. All the usual suspects come under scrutiny. They're all guilty as well.

Dust and Smoke

Interesting little article in The Nation about a chance encounter in a Boston hotel between the writer, 'Slam Dunk', and Gore Vidal as a result of a false fire alarm. A good quick read. He leaves us with a point to ponder:

[...] He told me it was a faulty smoke detector on the third floor. It had mistaken simple dust for smoke.

It's often that way with intelligence, confusing dust with smoke, and for the rest of us, not knowing when to heed the alarm and when to ignore it, a question that resonates well beyond the Charles Hotel. After so many false alarms, the system itself becomes suspect, and even after the "all clear," there really is no going back.

Obviously a metaphor for this administration, but to 'dust and smoke' he should have added 'mirrors'.

To this I add my own metaphor: there's always those sickos who pull the fire alarm just to see the pretty red fire engines come, and who get off on all the confusion and excitement, never caring that the firefighters might be called upon for a real emergency elsewhere. Just like Bush.

TV might be about to get better

From Think Progress:

Rachel Maddow gets MSNBC tryout.

Progressive talk radio host Rachel Maddowtaped a pilot” recently for MSNBC, in which she teamed up with MSNBC prime time VP Bill Wolff. Maddow currently makes “irregular appearances on MSNBC.” According to TVNewser, there is “no word on if the pilot is being considered ready for take-off.”

From her Air America bio:

Rachel has a doctorate in political science (she was a Rhodes Scholar) and a background in HIV/AIDS activism, prison reform, and other lefty rabblerousing.

She shakes a mean cocktail, drives a bright red pickup, hates Coldplay, loves arguing with conservatives, spends a lot of money on AMTRAK tickets, and dresses like a first-grader.

Let's hear it for lefty rabblerousing!

I didn't know she has a doctorate, but it doesn't surprise me. This gal is smart as a whip and extremely coherent and understandable when she speaks. I'm a huge fan.

MSNBC ain't stupid. They struck ratings gold with Keith Olbermann, and they moved Scarborough to the early morning hours where he can only do a minimum of damage, and replaced him with Dan Abrams who isn't doing too badly. Dr. Ms. Maddow will add another truth-teller to their lineup. I hope it works out.

Let's hope they can that Repug twit Carlson to make room for her.

Now the big question remains: What make of pickup does she drive? Enquiring minds want to know...

Pirates ...

Not only are the 'contractors' robbing our treasury, they're raping their employees. This is what we've become:

So, apparently Halliburton isn't just pillaging the treasuries of Iraq and the US. Their mercenaries are allegedly raping their own female employees, with no repercussions ...

The closer I get to leaving, the more self-conscious I become about being an American and what that means to the rest of the world. I know I'm gonna get an earful when I get to Germany, deservedly so.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Romney and Huckabee's religious intolerance

Joe Conason

Distasteful as all the Bible thumping and ostentatious piety of the Republican presidential aspirants certainly are, the time may have come to address their religious pretensions directly, instead of turning away in mild disgust. For the truth is that no matter how often candidates like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee promise to uphold the Constitution and protect religious freedom, they are clearly seeking to impose the restrictive tests of faith that the nation's founders abhorred.

So if these two worthy gentlemen seek to exploit or extol their own faith, why should we bar ourselves from exploring the subject more deeply? They have invited a discussion of the sublime and the absurd in their religious doctrines, and of how those doctrines would influence them in office. We have already seen the destruction inflicted on America and the world by a dogmatic chief executive who believes that God urged him to wage war. (And let's not forget that Rudolph Giuliani, among others, has echoed the notion that President Bush was divinely chosen and inspired.)

At this point Mr. Conason explores the subject more deeply. Go see.

Phonies like Huckabee and Romney (my em) complain constantly about the supposed religious intolerance of secular liberals. But the truth is that liberals -- including agnostics and atheists -- have long been far more tolerant of religious believers in office than the other way around. They helped elect a Southern Baptist named Jimmy Carter to the presidency in 1976, and today they support a Mormon named Harry Reid who is the Senate majority leader -- which makes him the highest-ranking Mormon officeholder in American history. Nobody in the Democratic Party has displayed the slightest prejudice about Reid's religion.

I'm not prejudiced against anybody's religion, but I am prejudiced against the way people speak and act. Out amongst us 'gentiles' they keep a lid on it pretty much, but on their home turf, AKA 'Utah', Mormons are arrogant insufferable pricks, at least the few I've come in contact with.

I will illustrate with a personal experience. Quite a few years ago, I went over to Delta UT to compete in the Cherry Creek Hare 'n Hound desert motorcycle race. It was held at the Little Sahara Recreation Area, and had the deepest sand I've ever seen. I got buried in it to the point I couldn't see my rear wheel, which actually came in handy as it put the carburetor at a more convenient height to strip it and clean the sand out of it which had stuck it at full throttle. Believe me, when you slam the throttle shut and the bike continues at full speed, that's pucker power! The sand got in my chain so bad that it effectively turned it into one piece and snapped one of the chain adjusters, cocking the rear wheel so it was pointed in a slightly different direction than the front one. At this point, my race was over and I limped back about twenty miles to the pit area.

I was whupped. I sat on the tailgate of my pickup and drank an ice cold beer which was really nice. At this point a person with a cowboy hat on, whom I can only assume was a Mormon, wandered by and commented disdainfully,

"Are ya drunk yet?"

I needed that like another itchy asshole and it has colored my view of Mormons ever since, for right or for wrong.

Liberals and progressives have no apologies to make, or at least no more than libertarians and conservatives do. Cherishing the freedoms protected by a secular society need not imply any disrespect for religion. But when candidates like Romney and Huckabee press the boundaries of the Constitution to promote themselves as candidates of faith, it is time to push back.

I don't care much about Romney. He's all flip-floppin' vinyl and hairspray. If it comes out that he made most of his money by asset-stripping and putting people out of work, it'll just be the frosting on the cake. He doesn't stand much of a chance of being nominated, let alone being president, and that's good.

Huckabee is a different story. His aw-shucks bullshit is appealing to fundies and a lot of gullible christians who aren't. I don't think he's got much of a chance of becoming president either, but I have to say that, with his Jesus-buried-the-dinosaurs-6000-years-ago beliefs, he's the most dangerous of all the Repug candidates. He's a true evangelical fundie. I was gonna ask for the Lord to call him home and save us all, but He doesn't need phonies like that either. Let's hope we don't get stuck with him, in the White House and up our butts both.

Oh, the irony...

Which is Most Important to You In a Candidate?
Asked of registered Republicans who plan to vote in primaries.

"Thank you, Boosh!"

Click to emBooshen

War, Depression, and Turning-Point Elections

Excellent 'must read' Tomgram by Steve Fraser. Disquieting and heartening at the same time.

Will the presidential election of 2008 mark a turning point in American political history? Will it terminate with extreme prejudice the conservative ascendancy that has dominated the country for the last generation? No matter the haplessness of the Democratic opposition, the answer is yes.

Mr. Fraser describes a few teeny-tiny problems we are going to be living with for a while, thank you George and the Repugs. Iraq, the abtogation of the Constitution, the coming Depression, stuff like that.

All signs are ominous. The credibility and legitimacy of the old order operate now at a steep discount. Most telling and fatal perhaps is the paralysis spreading into the inner councils at the top. Faced with dire predicaments both at home and abroad, they essentially do nothing except rattle those sabers, captives of their own now-bankrupt ideology. Anything, many will decide, is better than this.

Or will they? What if the opposition is vacillating, incoherent, and weak-willed -- labels critics have reasonably pinned on the Democrats? Bad as that undoubtedly is, I don't think it will matter, not in the short run at least.

There's an old blues song about "been down so long, it looks like up to me". Up is the Dems. Scary, but anything is better than what's been going on under the Repugs. File that last sentence under "Famous Last Words" or "Watch This!".

Yet the New Deal followed. And not only the New Deal, but an era of social protest, including labor, racial, and farmer insurgencies, without which there would have been no New Deal or Great Society. May something analogous happen in the years ahead? No one can know. But a door is about to open.

If I could predict what is going to happen tomorrow I would be down at the Race & Sports book with my life savings. I can't, but I welcome whatever comes as long as the door slams shut on the criminal regime currently in power and its enablers.

Wasn't me ...

Although as soon as we saw this, my wife looked at me the way a mother would when she knows her little kid is up to something. My response: "You know I wasn't in Philly this weekend." My parents woulda killed me. Heh ...


Everything was relatively normal about the event until shortly before 11 a.m.. That's when authorities say an employee's child hit a button that said "don't hit button unless in an emergency". The button triggered the fire suppression system, filling the hanger [sic] with foam.


Video at the link. Heh ... I'm still laughing.

Forgiveness ...

Not from me and not from Athenae either:


You know, it's past time we stopped giving people a pass for not criticizing this stuff from day one. We are rapidly approaching the day when this all will be counted out, and we will have to rebuild the world after the Bush years, and in that accounting, I don't really want to start handing out cookies for people who spoke up once it became clear there would be no real repercussions.

Because the minute we say it's okay to refrain, in the immediate aftermath of some terrible event, from speaking up, that's the minute we make another Bush era possible. It can't be okay, not even temporarily, not even when there will be those who call it treasonous, it can't be okay to ever look the other way while America tortures people in secret prisons. I don't care how "politically painful" it is for them. I don't care, because it's not like it wasn't blindingly obvious to everybody by like week two that every asshole with an R after his name was gonna use this to brand all Democrats as spineless pussies, it's not like we didn't know about the supposed political pain, that it was gonna come no matter what. [my em]


Indeed. The deal with 'doing the right thing' is to do it from jump street, not just when it's politically 'safe' or expedient.


Stolen from bluegal.


Sunday, December 9, 2007

So tell me ...

Why we shouldn't march on the White House and the Capitol, drag 'em all out, string 'em up from the light poles, and start from scratch?

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.


With one known exception, no formal objections were raised by the lawmakers briefed about the harsh methods during the two years in which waterboarding was employed, from 2002 to 2003, said Democrats and Republicans with direct knowledge of the matter. The lawmakers who held oversight roles during the period included Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan).


Avedon, from whom I stole the link, quotes our pal Lambert:

Lambert says: Well, I guess now I know why impeachment was "off the table."

They're all in it together. I've had it with the lot of 'em. Seriously.