As the U.S. Congress debates a four-year extension of the Patriot Act and political figures such as DIck Cheney, Karl Rove, and Peter King (R-NY) clamor to take credit for the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques (torture) in the finding and killing of Osama bin Laden, perhaps this is a good opportunity for the United States to examine its torture options.
On more than 1,200 billboards, in full-page newspapers ads and on all the major news networks, Camping has generated national coverage with his warning to the world that the Day of Judgment begins at 6 p.m. today (I'm not sure if that's Eastern Standard Time or Central Standard Time). http://www2.hernandotoday.com/content/2011/may/21/HAOPINO1-the-world-will-end-at-6-pm-today/
The scheme of the War Powers Act is that a president can make war, absent authority, for sixty days. Once that sixty day limit is reached, he must begin winding down the effort as soon as possible, and must end all confrontation (even of the retreat/withdrawal under fire type) thirty days after that.
Now, the President can of course seek authorization for war in that sixty day window, in which case the Constitution is satisfied and the War Powers Act no longer applies.
I don't know about you, but I've been busy all night, planning to ascend. Getting packed. Making sure someone will be here to take care of my dogs in case Jesus is a cruel, vindictive, animal hater, who wants all the pets to slowly starve to death waiting for their ascended masters and mistresses to come back, like Phillip J. Fry's dog in Futurama.
I am considering running for the Senate as an Independent.
Please feel free to comment.
I was at a town hall meeting Wednesday night with our Republicon representative for a slide show (aka dog and pony show). She had a slide showing how much of our debt was owned by other countries. I was not able to ask her directly my question during her town hall meeting but did follow up on Thursday with my question. "if our debt is so bad why do those countries keep buying it?" Her staffers reply was silence kind of like that famous pregnant pause.
Wasps do it, but why should we?
OP-ED by Barry Goldman, Los Angeles Times, Sunday May 15, 2011
The big idea in this OpEd is applying the knowledge of what cognitive scientists call "Sphexishness" after the inate, and difficulty of repetitive actions and behavior of the female Sphex Wasp.