Excerpt: The Washington Post Editorial Page - keeper of all establishment Washington wisdom - today advocates
that low-level CIA interrogators who went beyond John Yoo's torture guidelines, and only them, be criminally investigated and prosecuted by the Justice Department:
We reject the distorted interpretations that underpin the OLC memos and that serve as legal justification for harsh interrogation techniques that either border on or constitute torture. But those who relied on the
memos and shaped their behavior in the good-faith belief that they were following the law should not be subject to prosecution.
That, in a nutshell, is the twisted Washington mentality when it comes to lawbreaking: when political crimes become so blatant and extreme that they can no longer be safely excused (Watergate, Iran-contra, Abu Ghraib), then it's necessary to sacrifice some underlings who carried out the crimes by prosecuting them, but - no matter what
else happens - the high-level political officials responsible for the crimes must be shielded from all accountability.
Buy your disappearing civil liberties coffee mug here. On the mug is written the entire Bill of Rights, but when you fill it with hot tea or coffee the parts negated by the USA Patriot Act disappear.
Be sure to check out the Global Warming mug too. The ocean starts spreading across the continent as ice caps melt and water levels rise.
Amy Goodman: Obama's Military Is Spying on US Peace Groups: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/07/29-0
A dose of their own wingnut medicine
Why aren't more people taking to the streets [to oppose Obama] like they did in Iran?
Just look around, White people are being oppressed everywhere:
- A policeman working for the Seattle Socialist Republic ignored a white man's pleas that he was simply exercising his constitutional rights and oppressed him for kicking a Vietnamese man.
- The oppressors force a white man, Dr Dr. David McKalip, to resign from a heath care front group simply because he sent out a blast email featuring Obama as an African witch doctor.
- The oppressors call a white man, Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge police, a racist after he arrests a black college professor,Henry Louis Gates Jr., for "disorderly conduct" in his own home.
- Obama oppresses that white officer by calling the arrest, "stupid."
- The oppressors force the Boston Police Department to suspend a proudly white officer for calling Gates a "jungle monkey."
- Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor oppresses white Republican Senators by forcing them to ask stupid questions over and over again.
- Black children oppress white children by swimming with them.
- Oppressors unsuccessfully try to derail a 40-year-old woman's campaign to become chair of the Young Republicans simply because she defended racial slurs on her Facebook site.
Heterosexually yours in a chaste, biblical, but very oppressed kind of way,
Gen. JC Christian, patriot
When notorious GOP family values sex-lizard and infamous closet case Idaho Senator Larry Craig was arrested for trolling for sex in an airport bathroom in 2007, many of us thought that ol' Wide-Stance was done for. The adage is that there are no second acts in American Politics, after all.
So imagine my delight and surprise to learn that Larry "peek-a-boo" Craig is back in business. Yes, he has started a consulting firm in Idaho, and he has four – count 'em – four clients!
Matt Taibbi on the impending death of health care reform.
This whole business, it was a litmus test for whether or not we even have a functioning government. Here we had a political majority in congress and a popular president armed with oodles of political capital and backed by the overwhelming sentiment of perhaps 150 million Americans, and this government could not bring itself to offend ten thousand insurance men in order to pass a bill that addresses an urgent emergency. What's left? Third-party politics?
Here's racist former cop Mark Fuhrman, convicted of perjury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial and found to be prejudiced toward minorities and female cops while serving as a police officer, goes on Sean Insanity:
HANNITY: What does it say about Professor Gates? Is he the one that racially profiled here?
FUHRMAN: First, there's no racial profiling. That's the most — that's the most ignorant thing I've ever heard anybody say.
HANNITY: Did he have a racial predisposition?
FUHRMAN: He couldn't have a racial predisposition unless somehow the radio gives him pictures of people before he gets there.
Fun fact: 2 years ago Fuhrman went on Hannity & Colmes and said that the "people" he "dealt with…for 20 years" will "kill somebody and go have some chicken at KFC."
And to prove there is no racism in this country....
Boston cop apologizes - he didn't mean to use 'banana-eating jungle monkey in a racist way': http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/07/boston-cop-calls-gates-jungle-monkey-in-mass-e-mail/
Tanning beds: they're like cigarettes for your skin! [ABC News]
Give Barack Obama money, because health care reform hasn't happend yet!
So first they want money, because their massive majorities and executive positions in several thousand wings of government have been unable to finish a bill. "Your donation will help us to keep training volunteers, hiring organizers, running ads, organizing local events, bringing constituent voices straight to Congress, and make sure real-life stories are heard louder than the lobbyists' spin," this stupid evil e-mail from Hell tells us, as though we are SIX-YEAR-OLD RETARDED CHILDREN FROM OUTER SPACE.
Once-proud paper continues descent into ignominy
Marking yet another milestone in its shameful decline, the WaComPo defends its coverage of the loony-tune birther movement. The BM, as it were.
Yesterday during an online chat, Washington Poo reporter Ben Pershing was asked why "birthers" and other idiotic conspiracy theorists such as those claiming that former top Clinton White House aide Vince Foster was murdered "get play on the real media" while others such as the "9/11 Truthers" don't. Pershing:"Perhaps because there is an actual videotape of the planes hitting the World Trade Center that billions of people around the world have seen, while there is no videotape of Obama being born in Hawaii or Vince Foster committing suicide."