Saturday Juke Joint

Not sure if I’m breaking (bending?) League protocols, but I thought I bring a little of them blues into the mix.  Featured artist is Buddy Guy (his wiki here), one the last of the classic Chicago bluesmen.  In his early years he was somewhat overshadowed by the presences of Muddy Waters, BB King, and the…

stating the obvious

“And then, where is the use of torture? It is a slippery trial and uncertain (says Ulpian) to convince by torture. For many says (says St Augustine again) he that is yet but questioned, whether he be guilty or no, before that be known, is, without all question, miserably tortured. And whereas, many time, the…

…and he doesn’t look a day over 400.

“Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will him about mine ears; and sometime voices, That if I then had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again, and then in dreaming The clouds methought would open and show riches Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked I cried to dream again”

Glenn Beck and the Red Knight

“I told you about these people.  They only mate with their own kind.   It’s yuppie inbreeding.  That’s why they’re retarded and wear the same clothes.  They don’t feel love.  They only negotiate love moments.  They’re evil, Edwin.  They’re repulsed by imperfection, horrified by the banal…everything that  America stands for!  They must be stopped before it’s…

Taking the Wrong Approach

I’m increasingly coming to the conclusion that both sides of the “Did We Torture?” debate are doing themselves a big disservice in how they approach their arguments.  This perhaps isn’t surprising since I tend to think this is the case on most controversial hot-button topics. The pro-waterboarding side’s real argument isn’t that waterboarding, etc., aren’t…

Where are you Congress?

In response to Scott’s excellent post, I would say that all this shows is yet again that the Executive Branch is not the right organ, nor the Judicial, nor the CIA itself.  Congress needs to create a legislative framework for this Long War.  It’s right to discuss the issue of torture and bring this to…

Comment of the Day

From commenter Ken (comment #6 in this thread): If we just continue to pretend that every detainee knows about a bomb about to explode ANY MINUTE in a big building full of babies and nuns and puppies and baby nun puppies, we’ll all feel fine no matter what we do.

torture

“Under torture you say not only what the inquisitor wants, but also what you imagine might please him, because a bond is established between you and him… These things I know, Ubertino; I also have belonged to those groups of men who believe that they can produce the truth with white-hot iron. Well, let me…

Speaking of the DHS memo redux…

Michael Savage has filed a lawsuit against the government claiming that the memo has a chilling effect on free speech (H/T: Dispatches from the Culture Wars).   Regardless of one’s opinion of the content of the memo (I agree with Mark), Savage’s claims are ridiculous at best and given that there is absolutely no case or…

quote for the evening

“The notion that differences of opinion between the Catholic church and U.S. law will somehow render Catholic judicial nominees unconfirmable is demonstrably ludicrous. In addition to opposing gay marriage, the Catholic church also opposes divorce, birth control, abortion, and any number of other things that are permitted by U.S. law. Indeed, the Supreme Court has…

Why I care about this Apple vs. PC business

So there’s this company. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called “Apple”. (I know– really non-threatening!) I don’t harbor any animus against this company, personally. At least I didn’t. But several years ago, Apple started doing something that’s not very nice. You see, Apple has been talking shit about me for years. And they’ve been…

quote for the morning

“Twitter is social networking for the postapocalypse, a Spartan chatsystem for survivalists suffering from a radical scarcity of face-to-face information. There’s a reason so many zombie enthusiasts tweet. But until we are legend, Twitter is mostly a great way to kill five minutes. Despite the supposed death of the newspaper at the hands of changed…

Anticipating Cuba

It’s very good news that steps are finally being taken to ease relations with Cuba.  So far, Obama’s efforts to normalize American/Cuban relations have not gone nearly far enough, but I understand the need to move slowly.  International politics is a sort of dance and dagger fight, and one side cannot be seen as making…