Category Archives: Torture

Will Occupy Wall Street Remain Non-Violent?

I hope so. To morph into a violent movement would be both ethically wrong and tactically stupid. But in the face of this: (from here) it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect that, at some point, some of the OWS protestors … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, The Rule of Law, Torture | 2 Comments

So When Do Obama and Attorney General Holder Do Something About the UC Davis Brutality?

(original here) Probably never, since the Obama administration has a long standing de facto policy of shitting on the people it will need for re-election. I do not understand the silence in the face of this (boldface mine): When you … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Democrats, The Rule of Law, Torture | 2 Comments

Texas Dems Fight Against Texas GOP Vaginal Intrusion Act*

One of the two major parties is in complete thrall to fanatics who believe that intimidating women through government-mandaged vaginal penetration, discomfort and pain is an acceptable means of convincing women to not have abortions. How this is markedly different than a torture regime is unclear.
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Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Feminism, Rape, Torture | 11 Comments

Obama’s Speech: One Thing I Liked, and One Thing Not So Much

Honesty requires the unlovely recognition that some of us aren’t all that good.
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Posted in Basic Human Decency, Civility Trolls, Ethics, Propaganda, Torture | 5 Comments

“There. Are. Four. Lights”: How Torture Became Mainstream

Creating “a powerful climate of opinion in which their recognizably crazy and fringe politics came to be seen as reasonable and a plausible element in national governance.”
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Posted in Authoritarianism, Basic Human Decency, Torture | 10 Comments

Torture Investigations Will Help Obama, Not Hurt Him

Once again, more brilliant strategery from the Obama camp. Or not.
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Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, The Rule of Law, Torture | 4 Comments

According to NPR, It’s Not Torture When We Do It

Regarding torture, we need to not only call out the effects of moral degeneracy, we need to castigate the degenerates.
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Posted in Basic Human Decency, Torture | 4 Comments

Random Thought About Dick Cheney and Nancy Grace

Will CNN’s Nancy Grace turn her talents, such as they are, towards Dick Cheney?
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Posted in The Rule of Law, Torture | 4 Comments

David Broder Defines the Banality of Evil

What Broder is incapable of understanding is that because policy of torture was “a deliberate, and internally well-debated, policy decision, made in the proper places”, we must prosecute.
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Posted in Basic Human Decency, Compulsive Centrist Disorder, The Rule of Law, Torture | 5 Comments

Saturday Sermon: The True Role of the Traditional Media

“It would be as if the leading proponents of cigarette smoking were physicians, or those most vocally touting the virtues of illiteracy were school teachers.”
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Posted in Basic Human Decency, News Media, The Rule of Law, Torture