Oct 26, 2007
And now one minute of respect for McCain. He said:
Now if he will vote against Mukasey, and then remove himself from the race (presidential, that is. We can allow him to remain in the human race.)
“Anyone who knows what waterboarding is, could not be unsure. It is a horrible torture technique used by Pol Pot and being used on Buddhist monks as we speak,” said McCain after a campaign stop at Dordt College here.
“People who have worn the uniform and had the experience know that this is a terrible and odious practice and should never be condoned in the U.S. We are a better nation than that.”
Oct 25, 2007
Pootie Poot tells it like it is.
Madman with a razor blade. Very descriptive, but Chimpy is far from sharp.
"Why worsen the situation and bring it to a dead end by threatening sanctions or military action," Putin said in a veiled reference to the U.S. push for harsher international sanctions against Tehran.
"Running around like a madman with a razor blade, waving it around, is not the best way to resolve the situation," the Russian leader said.
Perino: ‘There Are Public Health Benefits To Climate Change’ For People Who Die From ‘Cold’
Q: And one more. You mentioned that there are health benefits to climate change. Could you describe some of those?Holy crap. She must have had a double Kool-Aid this morning, and a Kool-Aid omelette for good measure.
MS. PERINO: Sure. In some cases, there are — look, this is an issue where I’m sure lots of people would love to ridicule me when I say this, but it is true that many people die from cold-related deaths every winter. And there are studies that say that climate change in certain areas of the world would help those individuals. There are also concerns that it would increase tropical diseases and that’s — again, I’m not an expert in that, I’m going to let Julie Gerberding testify in regards to that, but there are many studies about this that you can look into.
He doesn't know if waterboarding is torture? In that case, I have a great idea for the next republican debate format....
Linda Gustitus, who is the president of a group called the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, began her question by saying that President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey (who happens to be an old friend of Mr. Giuliani’s) had “fudged” on the question of whether waterboarding is toture.
“I wanted to ask you two questions,’’ she said. “One, do you think waterboarding is torture? And two, do you think the president can order something like waterboarding even though it’s against U.S. and international law?’’
Mr. Giuliani responded: “Okay. First of all, I don’t believe the attorney general designate in any way was unclear on torture. I think Democrats said that; I don’t think he was.’’
Ms. Gustitus said: “He said he didn’t know if waterboarding is torture.”Mr. Giuliani said: “Well, I’m not sure it is either. I’m not sure it is either. It depends on how it’s done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it. I think the way it’s been defined in the media, it shouldn’t be done. The way in which they have described it, particularly in the liberal media. So I would say, if that’s the description of it, then I can agree, that it shouldn’t be done. But I have to see what the real description of it is. Because I’ve learned something being in public life as long as I have. And I hate to shock anybody with this, but the newspapers don’t always describe it accurately.”
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has revealed that “Blackwater USA tried to take at least two Iraqi military aircraft out of Iraq two years ago and refused to give the planes back when Iraqi officials sought to reclaim them.” Waxman today wrote to Blackwater CEO Erik Prince and requested that he “provide all documents related to the attempted shipment and to explain where the aircraft are now.”
Oct 24, 2007
From Talking Points Memo
By Spencer Ackerman - October 24, 2007, 11:00AM
Aussie barmaid fined for crushing cans with bare breasts.
(or Should it read Aussie barmaid fine for crushing cans with bare breasts)
This is disturbing on a number of levels. Poor Freud may be spinning in his grave.
(BTW, this is safe for work; it is only an article.)
Oct 23, 2007
The United States signed a pact Tuesday with Mongolia, which is landlocked, to carry out high-seas interceptions of ships suspected to be ferrying weapons of mass destruction. The agreement was signed by Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, seen here in September 2007, and Mongolian Foreign Minister Nyamaa Enkhbold.(AFP/File/Tim Sloan)I'm sure the Swiss will be ticked off when they hear this news.
Oct 22, 2007
Blackwater accused of tax evasion. From the gang at Think Progress.
In a letter to Blackwater CEO Erik Prince today, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) says he has obtained documents “which suggest that Blackwater may have engaged in significant tax evasion” by labeling their armed guards “independent contractors.” Due to the label, “Blackwater may have avoided paying millions of dollars in Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and related taxes for which it is legally responsible,” writes Waxman. DynCorp and Triple Canopy, “the two other major private military contractors providing security services to the State Department in Iraq,” classify their guards as “employees.”I don't know the law, but I'm guessing there's a bunch of bricks being sh*t at Blackwater central.
I'm thinking Waxman should avoid small planes and dark alleys.
Oct 19, 2007
From the Huff Post
WASHINGTON — Mel Martinez, the public face of the Republican National Committee as its general chairman, announced Friday he was stepping down from his post after serving only 10 months.
"I believe that our future as a party and nation is bright and I have every intention of continuing to fight for our president, our party and our candidates," the Florida senator said in a statement.
His resignation came months earlier than anticipated. Martinez wasn't expected to step down until a Republican presidential nominee was selected, and the earliest that could occur is February.
The RNC said Martinez' job would not be filled.
Not be filled, hmmmm. Seems Mel (R-Dumbistan) is worried about keeping his seat.
And here I was, thinking he wanted to resign to spend more time with his collection of vintage schoolgirl manga.
Oct 18, 2007
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Oct 16, 2007
Romney's New National Security Adviser Said He'd Torture "In A Heartbeat"
By Greg Sargent - October 16, 2007, 1:26PM
Retired General James "Spider" Marks, who has just been named a new national security adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign, asserted in a 2005 interview that he would readily torture prisoners to save a soldier's life or stop a terror bomb, saying: "I'd stick a knife in somebody's thigh in a heartbeat."
Here is the link. This neanderthal needs to turn off "24" and watch some old movies where the bad guys did the torturing and the torture did not work.
He did not suggest putting the terrorists in cages on top of the car....
Unfortunately, I'm sure this quote will play well with the republican base.
Oct 15, 2007
The school governor who challenged the screening of Al Gore's climate change documentary in secondary schools was funded by a Scottish quarrying magnate who established a controversial lobbying group to attack environmentalists' claims about global warming.
I like Scots in general, but I would be first in line to kick a certain Scottish quarrying magnate in butt given half a chance. How do you say jerkwad in Gaelic?
Oh look Nancy, there he comes now.
Since when has the Chimperor followed any rules? If he can say the word and get his minions to load and lock, you can be sure he won't go to congress cap in hand.
What are Pelosi and the other invertebrates going to do if Chimpy does go ahead? Stomp their little feet and pout? IMPEACH the muthah.
Oct 12, 2007
Oct 11, 2007
The Arctic sea ice is disintegrating "100 years ahead of schedule", having dropped 22% this year below the previous minimum low, and it may completely disappear as early as the northern summer of 2013. This is far beyond the predictions of the International Panel on Climate Change and is an example of global warming impacts happening at lower temperature increases and more quickly than projected. What are the lessons from the Arctic summer of 2007?(quote from Carbon Equity via The Oil Drum.)
What a difference even a year has made. Watch this video and listen the music. (from November 2006.)
Oct 10, 2007
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Oct 5, 2007
Famous Idahoan Russet "Rusty" Potatohead was arrested by Australian custom officials while trying to import 293 grams of ecstasy into the country.
In his defense he said, "I am not gay, I love my wife, Mrs. Potatohead."
"And I can't even tap my foot," he neglected to add.