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Friday, May 15, 2009


Well it looks like I might win that bet I had with my Dad about Gitmo not closing in the next year. Eh - $1. Doesn't quite make up for the fact that all these people being abused for no reason other than for sadistic pleasure.

The people doing these things are "Beasts in human form," as Hannah Arendt rightly called them.

I certainly agree with the sentiment, but it's unfair to beasts.

While the rest of the country is discussing whether Obama has, is, is trying, or can possibly "change the course" of the entire country, did anyone happen to read this particular article?


It takes a whole f*&#-of-a-lot more to "change the course" of an entire nation than simply electing a buncha people with "(D)" behind their names. Contrary to what Digby says. Of course I'm preaching to the choir here.

But that article says to me that an awful lot of the common people in this country are still in 'caveman' mode: kill 'em all before they kill us. That's not going to change until we decide on some new national goals -- not just the politicians, but all of us -- and have some success implementing them. Lifting the gag rule and banning mountaintop removal are details. We still haven't seen any kind of "Change" of national goals from this Administration, except maybe one: keep the big banks profitable at any public cost.

(...and, as an Eagle Scout, I fully realize that the Boy Scouts have been rushing Rightward at blinding speed for maybe ten years or more; but this, this, this is really extreme.)

I read something about it but hadn't seen the picture. Just wonderful.

Oh Jesus Christ, it just gets worse the longer you read. I started picking out what I thought were choice quotes and they wound up comprising half the article.
“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl. It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”
“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”
“I like shooting them,” Cathy said. “I like the sound they make. It gets me excited.”
If there are critics of the content or purpose of the law enforcement training, they have not made themselves known to the Explorers’ national organization in Irving, Tex.
There have been numerous cases over the last three decades in which police officers supervising Explorers have been charged, in civil and criminal cases, with sexually abusing them.
Adult Explorer leaders are now required to take an online training program on sexual misconduct.
The law enforcement posts are restricted to those ages 14 to 21 who have a C average, but there seems to be some wiggle room. “I will take them at 13 and a half,” Deputy Lowenthal said. “I would rather take a kid than possibly lose a kid.”
In a competition in Arizona that he did not oversee, Deputy Lowenthal said, one role-player wore traditional Arab dress. “If we’re looking at 9/11 and what a Middle Eastern terrorist would be like,” he said, “then maybe your role-player would look like that. I don’t know, would you call that politically incorrect?”
Beautiful. I really want to believe the Onion wrote this.

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