Sunday, April 26, 2009

Headlines - Sunday

We interrupt your lefty blog reading experience to bring you this important information about to be crammed down your throat by every Wingnuttistan outfit imaginable:

Also from American Street:

Ali Soufan refutes the claim that torturing prisoners was effective. He makes the case, simply, that the use of torture harmed our national security.

This, from an interrogator with direct experience with the techniques, the men being questioned, and the actual intel.

And let us keep in mind why Bush administration officials will continue to make the claim that the torture was useful and necessary.

That's all they've got.

They're aware that there's a push to have them prosecuted as war criminals. So they have to try and pre-emptively defend themselves, hoping to avoid such a trial.

They're not really concerned with national security. They're just trying to cover their asses. And as long as people like Mr. Soufan keep speaking up, they're likely to find their ain't enough silk in China to handle asses that supersized. 


Dick T. writes letters to the editor - here's another:

On Torture:
Mr. Obama will live to rue his unfortunate decision regarding the investigation and prosecution of those individuals within our government and its various agencies and contractors, both past and present, responsible for suborning and practicing torture.
His greatness as a leader, as adjudged by future historians, no matter his performance as a commander in chief or his success at restoring the economy or overhauling the failed healthcare and educational systems, will forever be seconded to his inability to grasp the merit in restoring the moral and legal integrity of our nation through the long and agonizing catharsis of investigation, prosecution and punishment of those...all those...involved in the conspiracy and commission of the most heinous crimes perpetuated by our government in its history.
In the absence of such investigations and prosecutions we will have summarily and forever abandoned our moral credibility and our legal integrity in the eyes of all the world. 
This is not an issue easily swept under the carpet for some nebulous short-term political expediency.
Hopefully Mr. Holder will demonstrate clearer vision and judgment than our President, and exercise properly his independence - and his responsibility - as Attorney General.
h/t Dick - Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the US:
Matt Taibbi: The Class Clowns
Once the masters of evil politics, Republicans have been reduced to half-assed buffoonery, providing comic relief for desperate times:
Pastor or not, this is just plain sick
Pastor confesses to using church funds to hire hitman to kill blind, disabled man for insurance money:
On health care, Obama discovers limits to his own bipartisanship

Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post reports:

In a meeting with House Republicans at the White House Thursday, President Obama reminded the minority that the last time he reached out to them, they reacted with zero votes — twice — for his stimulus package….

Obama also offered payback for that goose egg. A major overhaul of the health care system, he told the Republican leadership, would be done using a legislative process known as reconciliation, meaning that the GOP won't be able to filibuster it.

Congress has until October 15 to pass health care or student lending reform under the normal process. If it doesn't, reconciliation can be used to eliminate the 60-vote requirement.

Commenting on the same news, Chris Bowers at Open Left says:

Without the filibuster available to Republicans, it is highly likely that in 2009 Democrats will succeed where they failed in 1994. This might be the biggest legislative victory for progressives in, well, about as long as I can remember.

However, Grim at HuffPo notes that the Repubs have a plan to counterattack — by whining!

A GOP source familiar with the meeting said that the president was extremely sensitive — even "thin-skinned" — to the fact that the stimulus bill received no GOP votes in the House. He continually brought it up throughout the meeting.

Look for the "thin-skinned" meme to start getting heavy airplay at Drudge and establishment media outlets near you.


When I heard that Sean Hannity had jauntily offered to allow himself to be waterboarded, I confess to a moment's small, viciously gleeful anticipation. However, archy makes a good case for not doing it. After all, if it really is torture, and torture is wrong, and we argue that we shouldn't even be doing it to putative terrorists…we also shouldn't be doing it to the small, weak-minded, and stupid.


Verbatim Bill "Wrong About Everything" Kristol:

Of course, everyone's first choice for president in 2012 is Dick Cheney. But Liz Cheney's boffo performance yesterday in the lefties' den, MSNBC, defending sensible interrogation policies in the war on terror, surely puts her in contention for the runner-up position.

And if you think this is the stupidest thing they have ever posted over at The Weekly Standard, then you probably forgot that Goldfarb still writes there:

As to the morality of the methods used, I don't see anything immoral about smacking around a terrorist or making him sit in the cold or dunking him in the water, but you can argue it either way. Still, I wonder why the same people squealing about the alleged moral indignity to which these monsters were subjected are the same people who want the government to keep morality out of their bedrooms and doctors' offices. Why should the government be forbidden from making a moral judgment about gay marriage or abortion but compelled to make a moral judgment about the treatment of terrorists plotting to murder Americans citizens?

Michael Goldfarb's parents should ask Princeton for a full refund. Maybe even sue for damages...


Former GOP lawmaker and KKK member arrested in Prague

Our good friend, former Republican state lawmaker, and KKK leader, David Duke, was arrested in Prague for denying the Holocaust. It's a crime punishable by three years in prison. Too bad he didn't go to the Vatican instead. They'd have made him a Bishop. Putting that aside, it's understandable why the Czech Republic would have laws against Holocaust denial. Though I am waiting for the religious right to now come to the rescue of their poor soulmate. After all, he's a bigot being persecuted under hate speech laws. And you know how the religious right is all up in arms over European hate speech laws. Perhaps some intrepid reporter should ask the Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, and the Family Research Council how they feel about David Duke's arrest under hate speech laws. It would make a fascinating story.
From WIRED: teabagger arrested after threatening to turn Oklahoma City capitol steps into a bloodbath.
Wow, a potential domestic terrorist was associated with gun issues. Funny, but that's exactly what the Homeland Security report said - the one the Republicans and the religious right wanted us to ignore.
Sweet Jebus! They've gone from teabagging to...



Yes, this is the actual and official logo for the next anti-tax event the mouth-breathers are planning.


Swine Flu

It's been confirmed that at least eight of the students "probably" had swine flu, city health officials say. Two cases confirmed in Kansas City.

People are so mobile now, this could really be a disaster:

The New York City health department dispatched a team of investigators to a private school in Queens on Friday after dozens of students complained of symptoms that officials believed were consistent with a strain of swine flu that has swept Mexico City.

The agency said about 75 students at St. Francis Preparatory School had complained Thursday of nausea, fever, dizziness and aches and pains. Several of the students were said to have recently traveled to Mexico, where as many as 61 people have died and possibly hundreds more have been infected in an outbreak of swine flu in recent weeks.

Fun fact: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), who was last making headlines for suggesting that Texas may consider seceding from the Union, is requesting help from the federal government to deal with a possible swine flu pandemic:


Gov. Rick Perry today in a precautionary measure requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to Texas to prevent the spread of swine flu. Currently, three cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Texas.

According to a recent DailyKos/Research 2000 poll, "37% of Texans and 51% of Lone Star Republicans agree with Gov. Rick Perry's recent suggestion that Texas may need to leave the United States. ... Imagine the outcries of patriotism (or lack thereof) if Massachusetts or New York hinted at secession during the Bush years," writes NBC's Mark Murray. And imagine how Texas would deal with the swine flu without federal assistance.

Also, Swine Flu fears prompt quarantine plans, pork bans:
FDA so understaffed it inspects less than 1% of imported food:
Good thing Obama's pick to head the FDA still hasn't been confirmed by Congress.
I guess they're too busy covering their asses over the torture and wiretapping. Besides, Margaret Hamburg is pro-choice, which means no Republicans will vote for her.

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