Torture is such an ugly word. We prefer to think of it as â€˜confession enhancementâ€™.
â€œTorture is in the eye of the beholderâ€, Grand Inquisitor TomÃ¡s de Torquemada would explain to Congress just before he ripped the eyes out of Senator John McCain and waved them around. â€œAnyone else see torture?â€ he would ask sarcastically to the silent room. While not that bad yet, McCain has been consistently outspoken regarding the policy of torture, having seen its inhumane ineffectiveness first-hand. The controversial technique called â€œwaterboardingâ€ was like a ball down throat of Judge Michael Mukasey during his confirmation hearings. Asked if waterboarding was illegal, he replied he needed to learn more about it to answer the question. Why someone didnâ€™t immediately strap him to a board right there is puzzling. He could be asked afterwards, â€œSo, what do you think now, Judge? And donâ€™t let the fact that waterboarding has been persecuted as a war crime since the Spanish-American war cloud your judgmentâ€.
This issue is perceived as a battle between the executive rights of the President versus the need to obey international law. Some find it repugnant that the President himself is advocating torture when he has never been at risk of such. McCain has the high ground here while the only real, practical experience President Bush can bring to the table is creating a new form of interrogation where cocaine is blown up the noses of suspects to â€œloosen them upâ€ a bit.
Waterboarding is not the only interrogation technique under scrutiny as torture. Other â€œharsh techniquesâ€, include head slapping and sleep deprivation. Seriously, if head slapping and sleep deprivation were â€œtortureâ€ then parents and college professors would be war criminals. One pro-torture argument is that the nebulous, nonspecific â€œtheyâ€ do it, too. The problem with that argument is that only a fraction of all suspects rounded up are â€œthe Droids you are looking forâ€. As for the rest, do â€œthey torture, tooâ€ or are they simply just â€œtorturedâ€? If a cable company were to put wires to the testicles of every male between the ages of 18 and 49 to determine who on the block was stealing cable, most of us would cancel our subscription. It would be futile. First, that makes you fit the profile even better and second, only after theyâ€™ve hooked you up to the power-lines of their love would they ever discover the truth. But, as long as General Manager Torquemada, destroys the tapes, no one will ever knowâ€¦
I don’t know if you ninjas know, but Kenya recently had an election where the opposition party was expected to win and they didn’t. The results have been escalating into what is now considered and ethnic cleansing. Here is a blog from someone who is there doing some great reporting.
I found this via the Daily Dish.
Today we are expected to hear that both Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John Edwards will be dropping out of the race for Presidential nomination. This is rather big news because it means that both the Republicans and the Democrats have a two-person race. In the Donkey’s ring it will be Sen. Barack Obama vs. Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton. These two candidates will now scramble to pick up all the Edwards supporters (I am guessing that the majority of them will go to Barack, and I am assuming that Edwards himself will endorse Obama soon. Just a guess…) On the Elephant side of things Rudy Giuliani is expected to endorse John McCain. I don’t know how his fear mongering managed to gain so much support anyway, and his supporters will probably just follow suit and jump on the McCain wagon. And though Mike Huckabee has not dropped out of the race, I find it hard to imagine a surge of support for him. It looks like he will be a distant third after Super-Tuesday, but he might wait to see anyway.
Too bad Giuliani is dropping out today. Wish I found this sooner …
Now, I know you all don’t watch the news, ‘cuz you ignant, so I’ll just give you the rundown. We try to stay away from politricks here on the main page, but there are certain stories that jump out and grab our attention, forcing us to comment on the issues at hand. Bob Johnson (former BET owner and first black billionaire) recently came out in support of Hilary, for the first time in his sorry life playing the quote-unquote “race card.” He made a statement attacking Obama’s campaign saying in support of Hilary Clinton that the Clinton’s have been emotionally involved in “black” issues from day one and that Obama was insulting the black community somehow. Instead of me just telling you, here it is from the hoss’ mouth:
I just wanted to clarify one thing, Bob Johnson, you Willie-Lynch-ass backwards evil ninja, you are NOT a voice for the black community. Just because you have a billion dollars doesn’t mean you can get up there and say whatever the hell you want. We all know the truth about you, so do us a favor and SHUT YOUR FAT MOUTH. This is not about Barack or Hilary, my friend. This is about YOU and your lying ass. You know nothing about anything, and you need to can it. Stop lying to these white people. This has been a public service announcement.
And just to further illustrate my point:
This is Black Octagons and I approve this message.
The BEAST 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007
The ninjas over at the BEAST give us their list of the biggest a$$holes of 2007 – we here at myninjaplease just can’t wait to see what the new year brings!
Here’s a taste:
10. Alberto Gonzales
Crimes: The most truckling, amoral flunky to ever serve as Attorney General. A jurisprudent organelle, he manifests no concept of the law independent of its expediency to the president. Would smilingly accuse himself of providing material support to al Qaeda at President Bush’s request, hurriedly plead guilty, sign his own death warrant and flip the switch himself. His testimony before congressional committees is to public service what cholera is to the small intestine. As first Hispanic Attorney General, Gonzo typifies the self-betrayal and ethical compromise necessary for minorities to become successful Republicans. Been felching sweet approval from Bush’s lily-white ass since Texas. A conscienceless, memo-drafting, loophole-crafting liar for hire, pushing for all the worst administration policies, including nixing habeas corpus, denying and then defending rendition, torture, political firings, and a ton of other evil stuff. He even visited a seriously ill and disoriented John Ashcroft at the hospital, attempting to coax him into reauthorizing a clearly illegal wiretapping program. The only Attorney General who ever could have made John Ashcroft a sympathetic character by contrast.
Exhibit A: “The fact that the Constitution — again, there is no express grant of habeas in the Constitution. There is a prohibition against taking it away.”
Sentence: Death by dull guillotine, head bent by Beckham.
via the BEAST