Posts Tagged ‘John Yoo’

Obama’s Protection Racket

Back when Bush was in office, stories like the one below fell like rain on virtually every subject, and always ended the same way; some branch or other of the government would just flatly declare that its past or current actions, no matter how heinous, simply aren’t anybody’s business.  It started with Cheney’s infamous energy [...]

Barbarians R Us

I was just leaving for dinner with friends in Seattle when I peeked at the computer and saw that the devil of the new century had evidently been slain; Osama bin Laden, the Road Runner to Bush’s Wile E. Coyote, the Evildoer in Chief, the guy who managed to change America from one thing to [...]

Dixie Chicks Smarter Than the Liberal Media, Again

It seems like such a long time ago, when Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, performing in England, told an audience that she was “embarrassed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”  As an Oregonian I personally was less embarrassed, but I’d been routinely apologizing to foreign friends about Bush for years; [...]

Hat Tricks

You know, you really have to hand it to the Republicans.  They started out with a plan that was seemingly so audacious and unlikely to succeed that Democrats never saw it coming, much less moved to counter it.  Selling plutocracy to the rubes, via a systematically concentrated media, has turned out to be like taking [...]

Conclusion of my Teach-in to End Torture and Human Rights Abuses Report

I’m late in providing this because professor Cassel was talking fast and my notes were insufficient to provide an accurate reporting of all the legal details on why America can still legally abuse detainees due to: limitations in international treaties/laws; congressional bills like the Patriot and Military Commissions Acts; classified documents and directives; DoJ and [...]

What are we, chopped liver?

Boy oh boy, you can bet that John Yoo, Jay Bybee, Dick Cheney, et al are as jealous as can be right now, because a client of their favorite law firm, Baker Botts, just accidentally showed them how torture is really done, and these guys don’t need any stinking memos, either.  It seems that over [...]

Dumbass nation

I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance.  Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. –Lady Bracknell, in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest“ Many observers have long commented on the anti-intellectualism that pervades American politics, but given the events of the past several [...]