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Friday, January 07, 2005
Rage Against The Machine
by Cordeiro
This past week has truly showcased some of the highest comedy ever to grace the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol. This would be funny if it wasn't so frelling pathetic.

On the same day we had the ridiculous ramblings of lunatic left wing lawmakers objecting to the counting of Ohio's 20 electoral votes thus delaying the inevitable certification of W's victory. This staged event was brought to you by none other than Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) Maxine Waters (D-California), Charlie Rangel (D-New York), and the only loony senator stupid enough to lend her not so distinguished name to the rest of the rabble - Barbara Boxer (D-California).

On behalf of the more intelligent population of California, I, as a native Californian, take it upon myself to apologize for the conduct of California's elected congressional delegation. They are, with very few exceptions, national embarrassments and have been for far too many years.

But I digress.

Somehow the left wing loonies masquerading as democrats find it difficult to believe they could actually lose an election. A loss must mean fraud in their minds, even when there is no evidence to support the charge. Lest we forget, in their minds (although I hesitate to define the somewhat grey matter between their ears as a 'mind') the charge of fraud is more important and damning than is the requirement of evidence to support such a charge.

Despite their best efforts, W's victory was certified, but not until two hours of whining had been endured. I had C-SPAN on in the background and thought I heard my infant daughter crying. I was mistaken. It was only Boxer airing her objections.

On this same day we also had the grilling of Attorney General Nominee Antonio Gonzales. This gave people like Ted "Dude Where's My Scotch" Kennedy an opportunity to take shots at a man who may well be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Much has been made about Gonzales stand on torture in regards to the treatment of prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. For the record, I give you the Mirriam-Webster definition of torture:

Main Entry: 1tor·ture
Pronunciation: 'tor-ch&r
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from Late Latin tortura, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquEre to twist; probably akin to Old High German drAhsil turner, Greek atraktos spindle
1 a : anguish of body or mind : AGONY b : something that causes agony or pain
2 : the infliction of intense pain (as from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure
3 : distortion or overrefinement of a meaning or an argument :
As much as the democrats would like you to believe to the contrary, there hasn't been any torture of any prisoners in US custody. If you believe being made to feel uncomfortable is torture, I shake my head in your general direction. You'll forgive me if I don't mind the discomfort of people who would like to behead me and my family.

Gonzales will be confirmed - much to the disgust of Teddy and Company.

As a final note, Teddy made mention of one of the alleged torture techniques that evidently simulates drowning. At least on that issue we know Teddy speaks from personal knowledge.

Here endeth the lesson.

3 Comment(s):
Hmmm, well, I don't know about torture, but I know that you have people detained in Guantanamo without legal representation and whose minimum rights are not being respected. Mentioning the conditions they're being detained as simply a discomfort seems to be omn the verge of ignorance or dishonesty. And maybe you're ok with what happened in Abu Grahib. 

Posted by Portuga
Lets get a few things straight. We have "Illegal Combatants" at Guantanamo Bay. They have no legal status because they are terrorists. They will be given trials in which they may plead their case. The conditions they are kept in are far bettter than any given to US personnel in the same situation. As for Abu Grahib, I am not ok with what happened there, neither is anyone with any sense of decency. That said, nothing that went on there remotely reaches the threshold of torture. If you believe othewise, perhaps you should ask any surviving victim of the Battan Death March or the Hanoi Hilton. 

Posted by cordeiro
I like that title you invented for the guys caught in Afganisthan. By calling them "illegal combatants" you hope to erase any kind of legal or humanitarian obligation towards them. And calling them terrorists is abusive. Suposedly, Geneva conventions don't apply to such "illegal combatants". How long have they been detained without being charged? Your government is far too fast in demanding proper treatment to their citizens but it manages to forget to apply to others what it demands from themselves. And do you realise that the term "ilegal combatant" could be applied to each and every american citizen that fought, for instance, in the spanish civil war agains General Franco? And finaly, I don't pretend to compare the horrors to which american soldiers were subjected to in Vietnam, which I strongly condemn and it's my opinion that there should be rules even to war and war prisioners are entitled to a humain treatment. Regardless of their nationalities. But the fact remains that, the US had no business figthing in Vietnam and that what's happening in Guantanamo is still a disgrace for a democratic country. 

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