[ Comments Off ]Posted on June 7, 2010 by admin in PoliticsMonday, June 7th, 2010
Would you like some war crimes with your war crimes? Physicians for Human Rights has released documents suggesting that in the CIA’s attempt to justify the war crime of torture, they appear to have committed another war crime – illegal experimentation on prisoners.
One of the many charming and
iconic images of the Bush era
Not too long ago I used the expression Chinese water torture, and the person I was talking to thought I said “Cheney’s water torture”. That alone should be telling enough. The Bush administration will probably always be remembered around the world for its arrogance, corruption, subterfuge, and aggression. And for changing America’s persona abroad into that of a hostile empire, resorting to any means – including torture – to achieve its ends. I know the administration had that effect on me; in 2008 I didn’t vote for Obama so much as I voted against the Bush era. I was hired that year by a liberal-minded commodities trader to do research and create a web site summarizing the Bush camp’s offences so he could more effectively sway the vote of his moderate conservative friends. I called it AmericanCenturyNow.org as a comment on the NeoCon think tank site NewAmericanCentury.org. I don’t feel that any justice has been served yet against the crimes of the Bush-Cheney administration that are outlined in that site, and that is one of my biggest disappointments regarding the Obama administration. Which is why I was glad to see that Physicians for Human Rights is finally releasing documents that indicate that in the CIA’s attempt to justify the war crime of torture, they appear to have committed another war crime — illegal experimentation on prisoners. Adding medicine to your illegal torture repertoire has been done before, but ironically it was the previous perpetrators that inspired the very laws created by the US and the Geneva Convention that the Bush administration appear to have blatantly violated. Unfortunately the story has yet to get in any spin in the major media, and I doubt it will. And even if it did, I doubt much would happen. I realized a long time ago that the human race has a spiritual sickness that helps it perceive war as a rational pursuit. I just hope that the people in this country that still support the brutality endorsed by Bush era policy will come to their senses and realize that supporting that approach to prisoner of war treatment virtually guarantees that in the next major conflict it will be our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters that are being tortured, and we won’t have any moral high ground to stand on in protest. Read the rest of this entry »
[ Comments Off ]Posted on February 16, 2010 by admin in PoliticsTuesday, February 16th, 2010
If Dick Cheney loves waterboarding so much, I think he should subject himself to it on Sunday TV.
Dick Cheney LOVES
him some waterboardin’
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I wish Dick Cheney would just shut up. It’s not because I have some airy-fairy liberal stance that as a former vice president, protocol dictates that he shouldn’t speak in ways that undermine a sitting president’s actions; this Slate piece does a nice roundup of other former executive branch members who couldn’t keep their mouths shut either, and frankly, one of the worst in this regard was former democratic president Jimmy Carter. No, for me it’s a few other things. One is that I just get sick of seeing that hideous little face of his. Another is that I get sick of hearing about him when he makes some childish and angry remark on Sunday TV, and that’s all my liberal friends talk about for a week. But perhaps most importantly, it’s because I’m sick of a self-serving, sociopathic, sadistic prick trying to take on the mantle of dignified statesman, and getting airtime to do it. It would be a lot easier to tolerate statements like “I was a big supporter of waterboarding” if I knew he had at least tried it once. A different self-serving prick who gets on my nerves tried it, and although I’ll continue to disagree with lots of other things he says, I won’t take issue with his stance on that topic. So please Dick, do us a favor. You’ve already carved out your legacy with a Dickipedia entry and a place on Time’s Worst Vice Presidents list. Please, just shut up and get back to your other hobbies like running corporations that support rape and shooting your friends in the face.
[ Comments Off ]Posted on November 19, 2009 by admin in PoliticsThursday, November 19th, 2009
DEMOCRACY is just an acronym for Deliberate Entitled Manipulation Of Citizens’ Right to Accurately Counted Yearnings
I’d like to propose a new word and a new acronym for use in politics. The word is “pretesident”. In the states, we’re all familiar with that guy who became president for two consecutive terms by actually losing the elections, and who, once in office, had the nerve to not even be in charge, but instead “played Lamb Chop” to his advisors’ Shari Lewis. What we haven’t heard much about are a few other pretesidents around the world. Recently, one took office in Afghanistan without much uproar, in spite of rather clear evidence that the election was rigged. A little ironic, because he was chosen by our former puppet to uphold democracy and replace the Taliban. In Mexico, we have The Legitimate President of Mexico. He’s not actually the legitimate president of Mexico, he’s just another guy who lost what was probably another rigged election, but has the nerve to run around saying “I’m The Legitimate President of Mexico“. For a little more depth, see this Wall Street Journal piece. And soon, we’ll have the President of the European Union. There have been rumors that it’ll be that Bush administration butt-lick Tony Blair, and those ballsy EuroLeaders not only aren’t letting the people vote on it, they’re not even telling how they make the selection. With all these “pretesidents” running around, I’m surprised ol’ Dick hasn’t claimed the title of Emperor or something. I mean, George Lucas already gave it to him, he might as well take it and run with it. Which brings me at last to the acronym I referred to earlier. It’s D.E.M.O.C.R.A.C.Y., and it stands for “Deliberate Entitled Manipulation Of Citizens’ Right to Accurately Counted Yearnings”.
[ Comments Off ]Posted on April 15, 2009 by admin in PoliticsWednesday, April 15th, 2009
While liberals kick back with their lemon-grass tea, conservatives brew theirs with Astroturf…
I shouldn’t be as astounded as I am that the GOP has once again taken ownership of a public sentiment that has absolutely no real foundation in a partisan stance. Tell me. Who in America (besides a bunch of bailed out bank executives) is NOT angry that tax dollars are being funneled into a mind-boggling array of government subsidizing of business and bailouts of epic business failures? And more importantly, how the hell did the GOP spin this out so cleverly and so quickly into their issue, when it is, plain and simple, their fault? This is the party that from Reagan to Cheney has said that deficits don’t matter. And now, suddenly, deficits are a horrible monster created by Barack Obama. The GOP is even benefitting from the humor and confusion that a typical witty liberal will enjoy when watching a pun-laden rant against tea parties, as in the MSNBC clip featured at left. Who’s behind this masterpiece of Astroturfing? Mostly the conservative lobby groups Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity. Nice job, Dems. Read the rest of this entry »
[ Comments Off ]Posted on December 28, 2008 by admin in ComicsSunday, December 28th, 2008
…at least Dick Cheney hope so.