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The Case For Torture

The prisoner spent 97 days confined in the same American military prison that once held Saddam Hussein. He was bombarded with ear-splittin g “head-bang ing” music day in and day out, and his interrogator s kept shouting the same questions to him over and over. He and his assistant were also subject to physical treatment […]

Flip Flops Are Okay If The President Does It

Tuesday, the President was asked the following question:
Q Thank you all. Mr. President, yesterday, Senator Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said that the Iraqi parliament ought to oust Prime Minister Maliki and his government for being politically unable to deliver political unity there, for utterly failing on that point. I’m wondering what your […]

Non le Plus Gros Président!

No more fat President! Now, if we could just airbrush Bush a brain…
Tags: BIO, airbrush, Bush, France, irony, Sarkosy

Turkish parliament fails to elect president in first round of voting

From Jurist:
The Turkish parliament failed to elect a president Monday, with the leading candidate receiving only 341 votes. Current Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul was 26 votes shy of the number necessary to win the seat; the Turkish president is elected by a two-thirds majority of parliamentar ians in the first round of voting. The […]

Canadian Judge Says Pot Laws Unconstitutional

A judge in Toronto has ruled that Canada’s marijuana possession laws are unconstituti onal after a man challenged that the country’s medical marijuana laws are flawed.
From the article:
Tags: General, BIO

The End of the World is Nigh

Now that I’ve got your attention, I have something of a completely non-politica l nature to announce and don’t have proper blog to do it at, soooo, you guys get to hear the good news. I’m an uncle!
My baby brother’s wife gave birth to Samuel Peter Watson on Tuesday night at 10:13 pm. Baby Sam […]

Déjà Vu In Pakistan

The September 2007 issue of National Geographic has a great feature article about Pakistan. But reading it sounds like a blast from the past, say about 1977 or 1978.
Pakistan was founded in 1947 as a secular republic, a moderate democratic society to provide a refuge for India’s Moslems who were being […]

Bush’s War Forces Iraqi Women Into Prostitution

We went over to “win hearts and minds” while establishing “democracy in the Middle East” and saving America from a “looming mushroom cloud” of nuclear decimation perpetuated by Saddam Hussein. None of that has come to pass. What we have managed to achieve is increased hatred for America in the region, a hopelessly degrading civil […]

Jose Padilla found guilty on all counts.

Per MSNBC: Jose Padilla was convicted of federal terrorism support charges Thursday after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administrati on’s zeal to stop homegrown terror.
Both his co-defendant s were found guilty as well. More news as it becomes available.
Tags: General, BIO, […]

When Is Charity Not Really?

Found this snip on they NYTimes and thought it could be more broadly applicable to such situations as Iraq and the like:
“If someone wants to help you, they shouldn’t do it by destroying the very thing that they’re trying to promote.”
GEORGE ODO, a CARE official, on U.S. food aid to Africa, which his organization says […]

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