GOP Pol Calls for Torture of American Citizens

I mentioned a couple of days ago that a GOP Caesar would surely soon start thinking longingly about using torture against citizens for domestic crimes, just as the GOP already is orgasmically in love with the manliness of using it against foreigners and even tries to liken it to the saving power of the sacraments. [Read More…]

Was Nuking Japan Divine Judgment?

A reader asks over at the Register.  I issue a strong caution against trying to rationalize what the Church calls a “a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation” into God smiling on us as avenging angels. That way madness and the everlasting fires of hell lie. [Read more…]

Euphemism is the Language of Satan

“We’ve killed 4,700,” the lawmaker said. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of al-Qaida.” By “hit” innocent civilians what the senator actually means, in plain English, is “target“. And by “target” what he means is “murder”–with no accountability whatsoever. God [Read More…]

Zero Dark Thirty Has Given a Boost to the “Torture Works!” Crowd

That’s not actually true, as real interrogators who are not actors keep pointing out. But moviemakers, in certain circumstances, love to say it does anyway when they want their heroes to look at gritty, badass, and willing to cut moral corners for the Greater Good. And the Thing that Used to be Conservatism *loves* torture. [Read More…]


…Means Anti-Drone: As the UK Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald noted: “Klein’s justification–we have to kill their children in order to protect our children–is the exact mentality of every person deemed in U.S. discourse to be a ‘terrorist.’ Almost every single person arrested and prosecuted over the last decade on terrorism charges, when asked why they were [Read More…]

Ideas have Consequences

Once Caesar get comfy with the use of torture of swarthy foreigners, it’s just a matter of time before he starts thinking its would be a neat tool to use on American citizens too. That, in addition to the fact that torture is, you know, evil, is part of why I have banged the drum [Read More…]

Oh sure it’s “immoral” according to some

…but there are a lot of questions and definitions that need to be clarified before we just condemn it outright. What do we mean by “kill” for instance? It’s sooo complicated that I don’t even know if we can define it? Is it really “killing” if the poor are a threat to peaceful and decent [Read More…]

I don’t know why, but this cracked me up

Smith is one of the few people at FOX who strikes me as honest. He also refused to drink the Kool-Aid for torture when that was the Official Goodthink for FOX’s Ministry of Truth on behalf of Bush/Cheney (NSFW): One of measures of the sickness of the Thing That Used to Be Conservatism is that [Read More…]

You remember that popular lie?

The one promulgated by Cheney about how we never tortured anybody and besides we only tortured three people? Yep. It was a lie: They tortured men at military bases and detention centers in Afghanistan and Iraq, in Guantánamo, and in U.S. Navy bases on American soil; they tortured men in secret CIA prisons set up [Read More…]