Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Bush administration’s loss of the moral high ground.

Above photo taken at Abu Ghraib.

There was a time when a person like me would listen and contemplate over weather or not the latest controversy surrounding the New York Times printing their story about the US spying on terror funding was actually a danger to American lives.

Putting aside the fact that Bush himself and the policies of his little organization are the greatest danger to innocent lives for a moment, I no longer give the White house any credibility on using national security and state secrecy responsibly. Just recently we learned that Libby’s lawyer is requesting a delay in trial, reminding us of another leak that didn’t seem to raise the ire of Commander Codpiece so much.

From fluctuating terror alert levels to questionably timed announcements and arrests, they’ve given up the benefit of the doubt for everything from national security to healthcare.

Which brings me to the last and most important area in which Bush and company have lost the moral authority on, torture and humane treatment of detainees. Back on the twentieth of this month, the two American soldiers that were kidnapped by terrorists three days earlier were found, dead, tortured and decapitated, laid out with booby traps all over them. A tragedy made all the more horrible when you realize that America has found itself guilty of similar offences recently. I realize that no one has been decapitated in American custody, but many have died, beaten, with broken bones, suffocated. Not to mention the nasty little numbers they approved because they don’t classify detainees as POW’s or even subject to the Geneva conventions.

I had a little talk with the nutcases over at LGF about all this a little while ago, near the very bottom of the thread, please head over there and check it out if you have a second, I was mad then, and I usually say things more effectively when I first type it out.

As a side note, the supreme court decided today that the government cannot use military tribunals to sentence all the alleged terrorists in custody. This is a big step for the rule of law but more importantly it implies that the US should consider the detainees as subject to common article 3 of the Geneva conventions, which stipulate that prisoners "shall in all circumstances be treated humanely," not tortured or mistreated and not subject to "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.". Huge news, hopefully the Bush administration will adhere to the letter of the law, but I’d say they gave up their credibility on that one too, quite awhile ago in fact.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Classic colbert, with a ukelele intermission

Steven Colbert is a genius satirist. Right wing lies are revealed for exactly what they are when he gets going.

Bush: In his own words.

"I don't know!!!"

And now a brief intermission.


400 whole yards.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

LGF readers = Dwight Schrute from "The Office"?

This one speaks for itself, nothing but badass internet toughguys populate LGF apperently. Check it out yourself, a veritable brunch of overcompensation and insecurity for father's day.

mglazer starts us off and sets the intellectual tone.

This is a joke right?

I think the UK is a joke

Next up, a foolproof plan for averting a catastrophe.
Funny you should mention a cricket bat. I keep one by my desk at school (Western PA) in case of a Columbine-type situation. I can look out the gunmen and whap them over the head from behind the door if they try to break in.

Why do I get the feeling this guy's writing this from his mom's basement that's covered in bodybuilder posters?
likely she would loose the knife to the attacker before using it
my father trained me well and extensively in the use of all weapons when I was a kid
(he was a cop)
including pyschological weapons
(youe walk will telegraph if you are a "victim" etc)
most people cant use a knife
I can take a knife
from people much larger than myself very easily if they have no clue what they are doing ...
you dont produce a knife till you are about to plunge it in
most people hold out their arm waving it around
a good swift clasp of the wrist
or slap
or kick
will open the hand and the knife falls right out

If she learns the "dont fuck with me" walk
no one will ever bother her
and she wont need it
shes better off with a gun though

Just what are you gonna do punk, when nose comes within eight feet of you?
standing up, inside of 8 feet, i can take your gun away from you before you can draw it and fire and can remove your knife from you hands at any usable distance. if it's someone that knows how to use a knife, it's only slightly harder.

I've just been promoted to Sai-Pan, westerners don't know about it, but it's equally as respected as grand master!
Learned that one in tae kwon do years ago.

My instructor (grand master) said the eyeballs will pop like eggyolks.

Now it's on!
Come and try your best. Weapons retention techniques are part of responsible ownership / employment of same. I'm sure as shit not going to stand there with it jutting out for you to latch onto. Nor am I going to wait for you to lay hands on my weapon or weapon-bearing hand before I use that weapon. I'm going to shoot you down the moment your rush towards me begins. And if all I have is a knife, I'm going to foul your attack with my off-hand and body, and when you are slowed down / blunted, I'm going to rip your guts out with it.
Come and try.

Actually that last one crossed some sort of line I think it's better I stop before I see more than I want to.

This post dedicated to the coolest (I know that sounds lame but meet him and you'll agree) dad I know, my own. Happy fathers day dad, I'll be over in a few.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Image shown: "A good PR move."

So this is how fucking sick and gullible the American military seems to think we all are. Three men kill themselves in Guantanamo Bay and the camp commander calls it "an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us".

Just sit back and breathe that in for a minute.

One of the men was due to be freed; likely another of the countless Iraqi's detained for little or no reason. They had previously all taken part in the hunger strikes and they were all force fed by the military. They left suicide notes, but we don't get to know anything about their content. Probably just more jihadi propaganda anyway, right?

I look forward to seeing the police kicking in the doors of Goth hangouts and weirdo vampire clubs and charging everyone inside with razor marks on their arms with terrorism.

Hey why not? We can get sent to jail for writing something already, why not for just for having thoughts or suffering from depression? Because, as it was put so eloquently by that compassionate base commander "They don't value human life at all, not even their own."

Welcome to the future. Get used to it, Iran's next.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Another filmmaker that should have a show.