'waterboarding' a four-year-old?

'waterboarding' a four-year-old?

waterboarding imagesA U.S. soldier Joshua Tabor has been accused of 'waterboarding' his four-year-old daughter because she couldn't recite her ABCs. As his daughter 'squirmed' to get away, Tabor said he submerged her face - upwards - three or four times until the water was lapping around her forehead and jawline. Tabor, 27, admitted to investigators that his daughter was terrified of water and that was why he had deliberately picked that technique to motivate her to do her homework.  Tabor is based in Tacoma, Washington, a military base from which solders are sent to and return from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's not yet known if he learned this technique in the Middle East, or just heard pundits defend it on Fox enough times to think it was a good idea to inflict on his four year old.  Whichever it is, it's a demonstration on the old saying from the Vietnam era that "the war always comes home."  Time for us to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan now, if for no other reason to stop damaging our own troops.

An Appeal from Thom Hartmann

Dear Friend,

I’m writing you today because the network on which my show airs, Free Speech TV, is only a few days away from the end of its fiscal year.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Right through the worst of the Bush years and into the present, Thom Hartmann has been one of the very few voices constantly willing to tell the truth. Rank him up there with Jon Stewart, Bill Moyers, and Paul Krugman for having the sheer persistent courage of his convictions."
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"If you wonder why and when giant corporations got the power to reign supreme over us, here’s the story."
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author of Swim Against the Current