Friday, March 03, 2006

Ghandi's Tomb

How ironic was it to see W there this week? With his wreath he looked like an estranged spouse coming home in penance to his long lost children, with a swell Hallmark card to brighten their day.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Bush's Torture Fetish

Torturing a foreign prisoner to death is excusable. Authoring and implementing policies of torture may lead to promotion. But being pictured in an Abu Ghraib photograph that leaks to the press is grounds for a heavy prison sentence.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Torture Expert Discusses the Exposure of Wrongdoing in Our Times

Danner, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, is now an expert on the torture practices of the U.S. military, the CIA and the Bush administration. (His primer on the subject, "Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror," is a must for any bookshelf.) His cup of tea seems to be dicey American foreign-policy situations. His book-writing career began with a now-classic volume "The Massacre at El Mozote," in which he traveled to El Salvador for the exhumation of an infamous site where more than 750 Salvadorans were massacred by U.S.-trained troops during Ronald Reagan's first year in office. A new book of his recent writings, "The Secret Way to War," is due out in April....

"That leads me to a conclusion I came to then: that in many stories it's not the information, it's the politics. It's not that we were lacking information. It's that, when that information came out, it was denied and those in power were able to impose their view of reality. Political power decided what reality was, despite clear information to the contrary. When I look at our time I see that phenomenon writ large. It's gone way beyond a massacre in a relatively obscure Central American country. It's gone to policies and statements that led the United States to invade a country that had not attacked us, to torture prisoners and deny we're doing it even when clear evidence says that we are, to domestic spying in which the government is clearly breaking the law and the President declares that he will continue to do so. In all these cases, it's not the information, it's the politics. This is a hard thing for journalists to admit because the model of journalistic behavior in our era is Watergate. It's very hard for journalists to come to grips with the reality that wrongdoing can indeed be exposed, and continue to be exposed again and again with no result, in a kind of tortuous eternal return."

Not sure I'd have called it a three ring security detail.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - About 5,000 personnel including snipers, commandos and U.S. marines using helicopters, bomb detectors and electronic jammers will protect President George W. Bush during his visit to India this week, officials said on Monday.
The personnel would be part of a three-ring security cordon around the U.S. president and First Lady Laura Bush who are due to arrive in New Delhi for their maiden visit to the subcontinent on Wednesday, they said.

"He is a much-threatened VVIP. We are fully geared," Manish Agarwal, a top Delhi police officer involved in security operations, told Reuters.

Conservatism's elements...GONE

Let's see:

Big government = bad...gone.

Rule of Law = good...gone.

Personal Responsibility = good...gone.

What tenents of conservatism remain for the intellectually honest?

Who genuinely believes that the anti war "movement" had any impact on the results in Iraq?

Have you seen all of those Iraq war protestors and radicals out there causing strife and unrest in the streets and on the campuses? The Al Gore speeches alone! Who can't recall the dramatic impact on Congress and the President by the crowd opposing the war? No wonder Rummy didn't send more troops'! It was the damn hippies that ruined things again.

Trust me, no one listened to my predictions, and yet now it was our fault for saying so all along.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Been away from the blog but I just can't quit it...

Kids've been sick, and my outlook sicker. I am addressing anyone who comes here (doubtful) who might care (highly unlikely).

Gotta look into that HSA W was touting. Get me some health savings...