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Rain In A Rusty Bucket

It's what makes the bucket Rusty... and by the way, if you see Rusty tell her to write.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Nay to Gonzalez

It's a vote on the legitimacy of torture. It's a vote on the opinion that Presidents define their own law by deciding where laws apply and where they don't.

I'm not saying Gonzalez used the word "torture", but all states that employ systematic abuse, otherwise known as "cruel and unusual" punishment, play word games to narrow the definition of torture and expand the legitimacy of abuse interrogation, so the crimes of Abu Ghraib and the practices at Gitmo are directly traced to Mr. Gonzalez' legal reasoning. I have no doubt that lacking Mr. Gonzalez the administration would have found someone else to furnish the legal approach... but the reality is that Gonzalez has shown his willingness and did provide such. Furthermore, Gonzalez has shown a tendency to be willing to justify any action desired by the POTUS, and would not specify what torture was or was not, what practices are or are not justified, what actions the CIA is authorized to do during interrogation, nor any other commitments to a position on the subject. One assumes it's so these statements cannot be used later should current practices come to light.

I find it unacceptable that such a man should be the chief law enforcement officer... I'm left only to -hope-, weakly, that he does not think such latitude also extends to treatments of US citizens.

Here is a list of blogs asking for a nay vote on Gonzalez. At this time 376 blogs are asking for this... including those of conservative ideologies. Abhorence of "cruel and unusual" techniques is an American ideal. It is an ideal compatible with war, compatible with an American fight for freedom, and in fact, a part of the goals of why we fight, what we hope to accomplish. We did not have to torture the British soldier to win our revolution, and we did not have to torture Nazis, who were torturing their own people at the time. We abhor Nazis for such actions, and we beat them with good American spirit, without giving up our moral characters.

The student protesters for democracy in China builts a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Tiananmen Square in 1989... that is the America of the World, that sort of fealty to America is the fealty that America means democracy. That is an America the world trusts, and that trust is power. If Iraq can trust us, that will lead to more information gathering than if it has to be stressed out of people. A brother may turn in a brother, if he thinks his brother is doing something wrong and turning him in will save his brother's life and those of others. But if that person thinks turning their brother in will means he will be responsible for his brother being tortured --- he will eschew involvement, and leave it as a matter of a fight between evils. That is the importance of trust, integrity, and moral fidelity.

For America to win the battle against terrorism, American Ideals must survive... if they perish, though a nation called America still stands, then the real America has lost.

PS: Note, this blog has a silent partner. Mother. I don't speak for her, this is pyrrho's position, as always, our posts reflect only our own position.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Mother, am I paranoid?

what I wonder is why you are not worried about fascism... totalitarianism? Why do you seem to fear the nature of the liberal totalitarianism... I share that... I suspect extremes in all directions.

I believe in balance and the true center. The true center is not midway between what people call liberal and conservative, left and right.

doesn't prisoner abuse... listen -- this country was founded on the idea that cruel and unusual punishment is against American Ideals. Was that a mistake? Didn't we benefit?

What is the value of trust? If torture is ok some will be tortured when they are innocent... it's statistics... and people are going to fear being falsely tortured, they will not want to get on your wrong side... the trust will be gone with the world.

Could we be allies right now with the British if during the Revolution or War of 1812 if we were famous for torturing the British soldiers... or they for torturing ours? Would we have forgotten that? Have we forgotten what Benadict Arnold means? No. Things like that can be remembered a loooong time, as well they should, as well they should. This trust is more valuable than the information people think they are getting by violating our moral codes.

Trust provides information, that's one of it's main characteristics. If people trust you they tell you things. That's really all there is to it. And besides... I don't want to be evil for "practical" reasons either. Just especially not when it's so impractical. We are here for thousands of years. We need to think ahead.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Company Fires People for Refusing Drug Test...

... for Tobacco!

My god that's stupid. It's like that old "... and there was no one left to protest when they came for me..." cliche...

Evidently Marijuana -really is- a gateway drug... first they have a War on It, then next thing you know they are onto the harder stuff... like firing people for smoking tobacco on their own time.

Not Wonderful.

Monday, January 24, 2005

BBC NEWS | In pictures: Shooting in Tal Afar

BBC NEWS | In pictures: Shooting in Tal Afar

I'm sorry to even link this. I knew I couldn't embed the picture of the little girl because... I can't even describe the picture. But the fact is, we should look at these pictures if we want war. We need to face the cost of war, the cost of our own mistakes, they are not mere mistakes, this girl has lost her parents.

I'm glad to see the US GIs that made the mistake help the children, but it's a disaster, a disaster when you become the monster's you fight if by accident or otherwise. It's very sad...

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Tsunami Survivor Lives On Coconuts for 25 Days

Via Reuters, story of man from island village off India, lone survivor, waits 25 days to be rescued.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Too Much Pollution

It is my understanding that some say, "Hey! Kids love bubble baths... and this one's free! Quit your whining you environmental nut!" Besides, many scientists say we are coming out of a non-foamy age... the earth is naturally getting more foamy. Learn to love the foam. It may kill most all animals, but the bacteria that do survive are amazingly strong! This is our way of making the planet stronger by killing it!

Some 3.29 billion liters of industrial pollution and domestic sewage flow from greater New Delhi into the Yamuna River each day, forming a lovely toxic meringue on the surface.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Tom Ridge: to torture human nature

BBC NEWS | Americas | US 'should not rule out torture'

It is a matter of "when" not "if" according to Mr Ridge.

So anyone that thinks my liberalism is not patriotic is obviously not very familiar with the principles of America. We can't even agree on if torture is OK? Ok. we're running out of space for disagreement if we have no fact in common.

I was hoping "torture is bad" was something we could agree to agree on.


We've landed on another planet. Ok, a moon, of Saturn. Titan.

Take mankind's first look at the icy surface of Titan.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

High Quality Government

The Republicans will never provide high quality government because they don't believe in high quality government. And yet, they do not provide low cost government either. The result is junk government.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Sinking Foreign Boats in Foreign Waters

This doesn't sound good to me. I don't trust government to be write consistently enough to do stuff like this: Sinking boats. The boat should be turned over to authorities. I know you don't know what I'm talking about, but it's all right here...

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