"A perfect storm of ignorance and enthusiasm." -- A former CIA
official, on the process by which
Bush & Cheney embraced torture, Link
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
If I Torture
You Long Enough...
Pride in Torture
Marcil at 40
a story of America. An America beset by tyranny, theocratic skulduggery, crippling
climate change, diminished petroleum, nature gone awry, and unrelenting
W. Bush has been declared Emperor, and the United States is on the verge
of dissolution. To make
matters worse, bees are disappearing, aliens are invading, and politicians
are in cahoots with bankers.
"Is there anyone Obama would decline to exchange
friendly greetings with at a diplomatic encounter? It's not that he endangered national
security. Rather he diminished his own moral standing, and by extension,
-- Mona Charen, wishing Obama would be a murdering pyschopath like
Fuhrer Bush, Link
How dare Obama smile and shake hands at a diplomatic summit.
What does he think he is - some kind of diplomat?
Excerpt: Note to Washington, D.C.: Texas is a sovereign
After Gov. Rick Perry's recent comments about
some Texans talking secession from the union made news,
Tejas handjob legislators are considering issuing
a "cease and desist" order to the federal government.
"This state prefers, to the greatest extent possible,
to control our own destiny," said Rep. Vicki Truitt,
one of several handjobs co-sponsoring the measure.
'We prefer that federal government limit the amount
of federal mandates it forces upon the people
Hey, I think our flag would look great with 49 stars on it.
Or, maybe Tejas could take Florida with them and we could make it 48
I haven't watched this crap for years, mainly
because I've always thought the winner was for the most part picked
well in advance to begin with. If you were the
odds on favorite, unless you dumped on stage, you pretty much finished
the race in a walk. Plus, I frankly lost interest.
I'm more cynical than you.
I'm sure the races are rigged so the finalists
are from states with heavy viewership.
You're always going to see NY, CA, FL,
TX etc in the finals.
It's not abour fair - it's about getting and
Do I care about Perez Hilton? Not a damned bit,
but I don't feel particularly sorry for Miss Cali, either.
These bible thumping morons need to learn that
increasingly, people in this country are less bothered with
the notion of gay marriage as time goes on, and
her attitude is fast becoming the minority. The notion that
gay marriage will cause damage to my marriage,
or the union you have with Mrs. Bart is horse hockey and
is becoming more and more laughable the more
these people spout it.
I used to think that gay marriage would not happen
in my life time, but now I'm beginning to think differently.
And it's people like little Miss California and
her attitude that are going to bring it to fruition quicker.
Dee in NJ
Hatred towards Blacks and gays is dying off.
Most kids have no problem, it's the bigoted GOP parents.
Excerpt: A Democratic president thrills a French audience
by telling it that America has been "arrogant."
He brushes aside 50 years of anti-communist orthodoxy
by relaxing restrictions against Cuba.
He directs his attorney general to ease a crackdown
on medical marijuana and even plays host
to the Grateful Dead in the Oval Office.
Several times a month in his young presidency,
Obama has done things that cause conservatives to bray,
using the phrase once invoked by Bob Dole, "Where’s
The outrage is definitely there, in certain precincts
of Republican politics.
What’s notable, however, is that it mostly has
stayed there - with little or no effect on Obama.
Dude, you forgot to mention Obama's Plan for White
Could we get some reporter to ask Obama
if he really has a plan for white slavery?
"In Washington, you don't have to convict people
of a crime - you don't even have to charge them to wreck careers and ruin lives. You can do
that through the declaredly and allegedly neutral method of investigating them. While the investigation
continues, they are subject to legal risk. They must pay legal fees out of government salaries. They
must suspend other work. All for an uncertain and likely prolonged period of time. It might be more
compassionate just to shoot them."
-- David From, suggesting we shoot Bush, Cheney, and the rest of
the Bush bastards, Link
Excerpt: The Bush bastards applied relentless pressure
on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees to find evidence
of cooperation between al Qaeda and Saddam's
regime, according to people who were there.
Such information would've provided a foundation
for one of Bush's main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003.
In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational
ties between al Qaeda and Saddam's regime.
The use of torture as part of Bush's rationale
to invade Iraq came to light as the Senate issued a major report
tracing the origin of the abuses and Obama opened
the door to prosecuting Bush bastards for approving them.
I suppose, if you torture a guy long enough he'll admit he's Mickey
BTW, the supposed "mastermind of 9-11" was waterboarded 188
Did he "admit" that on the 188th try?
"The only people who are in a position to make
an authoritative judgment on it should be career, independent-minded people at the Department
of Justice, without anybody at the White House interfering or anybody else interfering."
-- Forked Tongue Ari Fleischer, Link
So, after eight years of stacking the Justice Department with
handjobs from Jerry Falwell's university,
you think NOW we should take politics out of the Justice Department?
Excerpt: In a 2002 advisory, Jay S. Bybee, subsequently
appointed to the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals by Bush, notes dryly
the practice of "waterboarding" -- recognized
as torture since the Spanish Inquisition -- "constitutes a threat of imminent
but says it's nevertheless legal because it doesn't
cause "prolonged mental harm" in a psychologically healthy subject.
So here's my question: Would Bybee, in his capacity
as a federal judge, uphold a murder conviction in which witnesses had
been waterboarded? A rape confession? Would it
be all right for police to induce confessions by keeping suspects awake
for 11 days by shackling them naked in a standing
position, dousing them with ice water and smashing their heads into a wall?
How about cramming them into coffin-size boxes
for weeks? He thought that appropriate for terror suspects.
If not, why not? Are rape and murder not the gravest
The answer, of course, is that criminal law recognizes
that people can be tortured into confessing damn near anything.
The "intelligence" implications, however, were
lost on Bybee and the Bush White House.
Paul Begala said that we executed some Japanese
soldiers for waterboarding our soldiers in WWII.
If it was a capital crime in WWII, why is it
legal when Bush & Cheney do it?
Excerpt: I know President Chavez well. Whether
or not one agrees with all his policies, what is certainly true of Chavez
he is a warm and friendly man with a robust sense
of humor. To treat such a man coldly is akin to spitting on him.
As a country we've done enough of that. Say what
you will, but it has only resulted in the self-celebration of our smirking
while costing us international respect, American
lives, and left wounds in the hands of our children's future. The Cheneys,
the O'Reillys and Hannitys and Limbaughs, effectively
hate the principles upon which we were founded. They are among the
greatest cowards in all of American history.
I applaud an American President who's tough enough...to smile.
Bart, there's so much global part mixing,
no cars are exclusively foreign or domestic
Made in Canada
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Made in Mexico
Made in Mexico
Made in Canada
Made in Canada
Made in Austrailia
Made in Ohio
Made in Ohio
Made in Ky
Toyota Camry Solara
Made in Ky
So what explains America's refusal to buy from GM, Ford and Chrysler?
Excerpt: "If Democrats insist on probing the Bush administration's
program of detainee torture, they'd better be careful,"
a senior Senate Republican said Tuesday, "because
they might find blood on their own hands as well."
"To sit quietly and to let this happen and then
to come back later and say people ought to be prosecuted criminally,
not just here in the United States but perhaps
internationally, to me is inconsistent, to say the least," said Sen. John
"If people are going to start looking for responsibility
and accountability, I think you'd also have to look at the members
of Congress who were in those classified settings
who approved those same interrogation techniques," Cornyn told reporters.
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It's the "Stimulus Special" Sat. May 30th.
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of any winnings you make, etc. etc.
-- Mike the Dealer.
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Excerpt: The debate over the just-released Justice Department
memorandums on interrogation techniques ended as soon as
they were dubbed the "torture memos." Forevermore,
they will be remembered as the legal lowlights of a "dark and
painful chapter in our history," as Pres. Barack
Obama put it.
Rightly considered, the memos should be a source
Wow, pride in torturing the helpless?
How crazy do you have to be to go down that road?
They represent a nation of laws (Really?)
struggling to defend itself against a savage, lawless enemy while adhering
to its legal commitments and norms. (Really?
Torture is legal and normal?) Most
societies wouldn't have bothered
...we carefully parsed each of our techniques
to ensure it wouldn't cause "severe physical or mental pain or suffering."
...except for the 130 people who died from those "harmless little pranks."
I disagree with the Perkel's perception on many
First of all shouldn't all of America be represented
in the decision of who will represent them on the world's stage?
If nowhere else we as Americans should be equally
represented no matter how vain the matter. Also Perez Hilton deals in vanity
so why would he not be a good candidate for judge?
Mr. Hilton presented a perfectly poignant question especially with all
changes that are taking place in this realm of
law. Vermont has legalized gay marriage, D.C. wants to recognize marriages
performed in other states and the list is growing.
It is a hot button topic whether we like it or not and Mr. Hilton's affinity
the issue should not disqualify him from asking
about it. Also in her response she used the phrase "in my country" which
the worst part of the response to me. Many are
against gay marriage in this country but in a time that is meant to be
hope and unity using a phrase like "my country"
throws it back to the fear mongers of yesterday that we are all trying
Do we need to know the politics of the woman in a bikini?
Do we need to ask every sports figure about guns?
Do we need to ask every rock singer about abortion?
Do we need to ask every movie star about gay marriage?
I'm so old, I remember when lust was just lust.
These days you can't lust without an exhaustive Google search.
Bart, Obama was sand bagging in respect to the
He knew that it would be political suicide if
he immediately came into office and called for the investigation
of the former president’s decisions which could
lead all the way to the top. He knew that he would spend his
entire first (and possibly only) term having
to look like Tourqemata trying to get to the truth.
What he did say without saying it was, “I’m going
to let the people drive this issue”.
And lucky us they have through their representatives.
So now Obama gets to focus his attention on the economy,
ending the war, providing health care, and all
his other goals. He is a terrific judge of character, he knew that
would carry this ball and if they do send criminals
to jail then he can say “our system works, the people have spoken.”
Subject: Guess who's in
on running Beauty Pageants?
Homophobia is one of the last remaining bastions
of overt bigotry.
Having said that, guess who designs many of the
pageant dresses, is a 'pageant coach' does pageant makeup, designs the
You guessed it... 'gays'.
There is significant crossover between the pageant
industry and the gay community.
So Hilton's place as a judge is not out of left
field and Miss California should show a little more gratitude.
When I was a kid, most "supermodels" were flat-chested. A high
school teacher told us it was
because gays ran the modeling industry and they had no use for full-chested
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