Posts Tagged ‘Torture’

The Stage Is Set For The Duration

Recent items in the news: The commandant of the marine corps said a few days ago U.S. forces will likely be at the “war on terror,” or whatever it’s called now, for a bit longer, maybe another decade.  Or more. The marine leader’s remarks echo those by an obscure defense official overseeing undercover doo doo.  [...]

TOP ITALIAN COMEDIANS TO FORM COALITION GOVERNMENT (DARIO FO IS NOT ONE OF THEM)

“Gentlemen, we have run out of money.  It’s time to start thinking.” – Ernest Rutherford, British explorer – quoted sometime after 1910   Political analysts unaffiliated with The Onion suggested Monday that Silvio Berlusconi and upstart challenger Beppe Grillo may have enough votes between them to form a new, coalition government in Italy.  If this [...]

A Very Bad Day

The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was getting ready to go work on my Mom’s condo; she was about to sell it, and although it had quite recently been redecorated top to bottom, I had a lot of spit-polishing to do, even after laboring over it the previous weekend.  Oddly for that hour, I [...]

With Victories Like These…

A dozen years or so ago I was complaining to my German friend, Marcus, about the dreadful loss of historic architecture in Portland and all across the country after WWII, and he said something that I found hilarious at the time but in retrospect, not so much. (Nazi accent) “After you destroyed our cities, you [...]

Party Like It’s 1984

One thing you can say about the “conservative” majority on the Supreme Court: their definition of “freedom” is decidedly not the one you’d find in Webster’s.  Last week, “freedom” meant the God-given right to die in the gutter of preventable illness; this week it means the “freedom” to have cops look under your balls, literally, [...]

Running the Asylum

It’s impossible to escape the breathless (and brainless) reporting of the sad, sad, spectacle that is the Republican Presidential primary, but what’s most painful, not to mention infuriating, is watching the media treat it as a serious exercise, when it’s anything but. Last week the New York Times bothered to run a two-page foldout on [...]

For The Love of Dick

Well, after waiting for the “statutes of limitations to expire,” as Dick himself put it, Cheney has finally set out to have “heads explode all over Washington” with the release of his all-about-me screed against, well, anyone who isn’t as big of a Dick as he.  Predictably, Maureen Dowd, who loves all Republicans except Dick, [...]

Eleven Dimensional Chess

Until just lately, I was starting to get a little despondent over the absurd overexposure of Loyal Bushies and the entirely undeserved legitimacy being lavished upon them by the Liberal Media since the 2006 anti-GOP LANDSLIDE election and Obama’s subsequent victory, where they have reliably preformed as a a whiny, petulant government-in-exile.  The Sunday shows [...]

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 [...]

How Fussy Are You About Torture?

At long last, George Bush is receiving some comeuppance, albeit a rather mild one, for torture, the worst of his many crimes; as of now, not only will he perhaps die having never heard yodeling in its natural habitat, he’ll even continue to have to have his bankers come to him to do business.  You [...]