Rebranding torture

From The New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers, “Veto of Bill on C.I.A. Tactics Affirms Bush’s Legacy“: Bush vetoed a bill that would have explicitly prohibited the agency from using interrogation methods like waterboarding, a technique in which restrained prisoners are threatened with drowning and that has been the subject of intense criticism at home [Read More...]

A noble mind o’erthrown

The pattern is the usual one. Step 1: Someone gets his (usually “his”) username/IP address banned from an online forum for generally acting like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Step 2: He gets a new username/IP address to sidestep the ban and his first post, always, is some variation of “I won’t be ignored, Dan!” [Read More...]

Get Published!

Earlier, I linked to Adam Weinstein’s “Stop the Press Releases!” I was reminded of Weinstein’s worries yesterday when uploading the pages for one of this week’s niche publications for the paper. It included an upbeat little story about a local college freshman who has put her studies on hold to pursue her modeling career (she’ll [Read More...]

Tony Perkins in “Psycho”

I learned something new yesterday about the shameless little man who runs the Family Research Council: Tony Perkins does not love anyone who is suffering from mental illness. It’s possible that Perkins does not even know anyone who is suffering from mental illness or, at least, that he thinks he doesn’t know any such person. [Read More...]

Without warrant

I want to write today about an immensely important topic, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the vital, inviolable rights it guarantees. The Fourth Amendment, in its entirety, reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, [Read More...]

The barrel of a gun

The United States has a massive nuclear arsenal and the best-equipped, best-trained military the world has ever seen. It is an awesome, fearsome machine that can rain down inexorable death from the heavens. But that’s not why I drive on the right side of the road. I drive on the right side of the road [Read More...]


(Thursday flame-war open thread) The stupidest thing I’ve read/heard all week was __________________. The stupidest thing I’ve ever read/heard was ________________. [Read more...]

Bachelor chow

One other thing I could use a bit of help with, and which therefore strikes me as good open-thread fodder in my absence, has to do with my upcoming change of address. Slacktivist World Headquarters will be relocating in April. I’m leaving this lovely one-bedroom apartment here in Everybody’s Hometown and will be moving into [Read More...]