We Lock Up Governors, Why Not Presidents?

“…he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,”

The United States Constitution, Article II, Section 3

I’ll be perfectly honest with you. I don’t know what to say. I was watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and I remember growing numb as I listened to what I was hearing. I’m still kind of numb, even as Rachel Maddow interviews Rep Adam Schiff about what we learned today, and I don’t know how to admit it, but I can’t quite remember exactly what it was that they say our former president, George W. Bush, the man who stood before the American people and said, “We do not torture!”, authorized be done in my name, in your name, in all our names, to the people we captured after September 11. I remember this: It was torture. And we did it.

I’m not going to tell you that I stood by our president the whole time and said, “Well, if he says we aren’t torturing anybody, then I take him at his word.” I’m not stupid. I’m not insane (by certain definitions). I’m not naive. At the time he stood before us and said those words, those four words far more nefarious than the sixteen words, I knew what kind of person was telling me that. A pathological liar. A sadistic man-boy. A spoiled child who was given everything he had in life, including his millions of dollars, and never once understood the concept of responsibility. A man who didn’t know how to admit a mistake, even when it was obvious to people less intelligent than he. A man who could not make the mental connection between the the things that he did and the events that resulted from them. Or between cause and effect in general. His mind simply does not operate from a factual basis. He makes decisions based on things that he believes, not necessarily things that are actually, provably, demonstrably, inconclusively true. He knows that torture is not legal. But he was told that what we were doing was not considered torture. And he believed that. So it was, as far as he was concerned, if he had any concern at all about the subject, true. And so he told us, “We do not torture.” Except that it was. And it was done in our name. It was torture. And we did it.

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Tortured Thoughts

While watching Countdown tonight, something struck me.   Absorbing all of the new information regarding the torture memos;  reading the unambiguous objections of several JAGs against the torture techniques; hearing Richard Wolffe’s eloquent words – all against the background of the lies, lies, and more lies from the Bush Administration now being contradicted by the flood of information which has come out over the last few days – I finally was hit by the full and terrible realization that our country, my country, which I love for so many reasons, had died.

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Lawrence O’Donnell Smacks Down Liz Cheney

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Liz Cheney was allowed to spew lies on MSNBC with Norah O’Donnell. That video is everywhere. What doesn’t show up here is right after that segment Lawrence O’Donnell was visibly angry that he wasn’t on to refute Ms. Cheney’s claims. He pointed out that just like her father, Dick Cheney, Liz would never appear in a segment where somebody could point out her lies.

Thursday’s Comedy Corner

Young Frankenstein is one of my favorite comedies.  Here are two of my favorite scenes in the movie.  The first is “Puttin on the Ritz.”

One of the best lines in the movie:  Wilder asks Igor: “Give a hand with the bags.” Igor: “You take the blonde, and I’ll take the one with the turban.”

Old Electronics Should Not Be Disposed With Garbage – Recycling Options Available

Since we are perpetually updating our electronics from cell phones to PC’s our old electronics are somewhere out of sight, gathering dust or in a landfill where they can leak dangerous chemicals into the earth.

These potentially harmful substances include lead (large, old CRT [cathode-ray tube] monitors can contain up to 7 pounds), mercury, flame retardants, and cadmium.

Computer monitors, televisions and other electronic equipment should NOT be disposed of with regular garbage. Working TVs, monitors, computers and other consumer electronics can be sold or donated thereby prolonging their useful life. Nonfunctioning TVs, computer monitors and other obsolete electronics should be recycled by an organization equipped to handle them.

Here are a few options to help you dispose of those old electronics, in my case, I had three DVD players stop functioning in one year.

Office Depot (www.officedepot.com) is one place to dispose of your old A/V equipment. The Tech Recycling Service is Office Depot’s program to “turn tech trash into useful raw materials.” You can acquire a recycling box in one of three sizes: Small for $5, Medium for $10, and Large for $15. Check the list of Office Depot’s Acceptable Items before you fill your box—this is a wide-ranging list including DVD players, MP3 players, and cables, however, you cannot submit items such as cracked monitors, leaking electronics, or potentially radioactive material (of course).

At Earth 911, type the name of your electronic device in the search box next to Start Recycling. Then, fill in your ZIP code and click Go. Earth 911 produces an extensive list of locales that offer recycling services, accept donations, or facilitate reuse. Suggestions can include recycling companies, thrift stores, volunteer programs, national CE retailer branches, or academic institutions. 

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TYT: Cenk blasts Chuck Todd on shoddy journalism!

Cenk is angry that “Chuck Todd reiterated three Republican talking points, while pretending to be neutral.”  “It is a Republican talking point to say we have different legal opinions here, what are you going to do prosecute people for having difference of opinion on the law?”    “Not hey it is a clear violation of the law, we have the War Crimes Act and torturing and waterboarding are clearly illegal.”  “We ignore that.”

Cenk takes issue with Chuck Todd’s assertion that “this is all politics it is not a matter of law or that a crime was committed here.  No this is a hard left verses hard right.”  “Did Chuck Todd check any of his facts before he came on and said that?”  “No he just came on said it.”

“Here is an interesting number, 44% of Republicans say, there should either be a criminal investigation of the possible torture by the Bush Administration or an investigation that involves independent counsel.”

TYT – Cenk link.

To bad the MSM doesn’t hire Cenk to replace say Morning Joe or Wolf Blitzer! That would be an improvement 🙂

President Obama Signs Bill To Triple Size Of AmeriCorps

Bravo!

Ted Kennedy, “You have inspired a new generation of Americans and your own example and your own call has recognized that.”

Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill Tuesday that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and expands ways for students to earn money for college. “What this legislation does, then, is to help harness this patriotism and connect deeds to needs,” said Obama, a former community organizer in Chicago.

Fox anchor: ‘This is America! We do not fucking torture’

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is pissed

“We are America! I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps,” Smith declared. “We are America! We do not fucking torture!”

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On an earlier Fox News television broadcast, discussing the latest torture news with Judith Miller and Cliff May, Shep Smith said:

“We are America, we don’t torture! And the moment that is not the case, I want off the train!

“This government is of, by, and for the people — that means it’s mine,” Smith quipped. “That means — I’m not saying what is torture, and what is not torture, but I’m saying, whatever it is, you don’t do it for me! I want off the train when the government starts — I want off, next stop, now!”

(I will take the opportunity to make the observation that Cliff May is absolutely looney tunes… I just found myself shaking my head..)

Janice Karpinski to Cheney: Where Were You Five Years Ago?

Dick Cheney on Fox News:  “I formally asked that they be declassified now. I haven’t announced this up till now, I haven’t talked about it, but I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country.”

Former Brigadier General Janis Karpinski  wonders why Cheney did not  make these claims when active service members were facing charges for abuses at Abu Ghraib.  She claims that Donald Rumsfeld  and his subordinates ordered these activities and that he and Cheney remained silent during these prosecutions.