July 2010

Aug. 1-2 Fast Against Torture commemorates eight years since torture memos

August 1 is the eight-year anniversary of the John Yoo/Jay Bybee torture memos. Coincidentally, the statute of limitations applicable to the Federal Torture Statute is also eight years. While it could be extended if death resulted, if a continuing conspiracy is found, or if a little-known provision of the Patriot Act is invoked, this anniversary is nonetheless of particular significance. Accountability for the torture committed in our names has been virtually non-existent.

What's in a face?

You can tell a tree by it's fruit, You know, good trees give good fruit, and bad trees bad fruit. Somebody said that, and it seems reasonable to me. As i watch TV i see the faces of all the players - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the very ugly. Someone once said by the age of 50 you wear your character on your face. Seems reasonable to me. Have you ever taken a close look at John Boehner's face? How about Mitch McConnell? Take a close look. Whatdaya see?

Anti-rape Condom—Just deserts, torture trap, or grounds for murder?


The conversation so far:

Him: What do you think of this? Is this great or what? Now, women can fight back; if it feels like what I'm told then the rapist isn't going ANYWHERE! Whoot!

Me: Amazing. And the downside? What's going to stop the attacker from going into a rage and killing his victim? Sure, he'll have to have the thing removed, but she'll be dead.

Indiana's backward policy toward the developmentally disabled

Thanks to the poor economy, state governments have had to cut the budget for programs that allow for the basic needs of disabled citizens. The director of the Illinois Division of Mental Health was shown on the evening news recently pleading with non-profit agencies who provide housing to the mentally ill not to evict them due to funding cuts.

Capitalistic Monopoly?

What is MERS?

interview today with the Nevada BLM agent

I hope you plan to have someone on against what he said or didn't say.......... The cattle and sheep program is heavily funded. The gov't has spent thousands of dollars to kill predators off public lands down to something as small as a jumping mouse. They provide water sources, fencing, cattle guards........... and still have the same lease rate from that over 20 years ago. To me its criminal.............

Ms Malaprop

Check this out: http://kptk.cbslocal.com/2010/07/22/name-that-right-wing%C2%A0wacko/#com... and listen to the brief quote from Michelle Bachmann. I'm certain you can't refudiate me but she says, "...we're here to be receptacle." So, republicanderthal women can not only make up words but also use them improperly.


What a wonderful world this would be if Progressives ran it!!

Quote from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

I slaughtered this horse last Tuesday.

I'm afraid she's startin' to turn.

In case you need a little levity.... Thanks for the great job.

Theodore Olson

St Paul, MN

ellen ratner, boycotts

i find it amazing that you don't challenge your good friend who proudly "works " for fox news. second i remember you discounting the value of boycotts except when telling the story of your wife starting one. then it was a good idea. third you are economic doom and gloom . never a positive word to say. contrary to what you believe you DO influence people. fourth the idea to have "conservatives" on to challenge them is absurd. we all know what they think. these are NOT decent people. you allow them to spout their crap while coming off as reasonable.

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Democracy Itself Is on Trial

Thom plus logo While Donald Trump is on trial in the Senate impeachment hearings, many commentators are pointing out that the Senate is also at trial. Few, however, are pointing out that the fare and future of our country may will also be decided by this trial.