March 16th, 2009

News

this is not America

"Beginning with the chapter headings on its contents page - 'suffocation by water,' 'prolonged stress standing,' 'beatings by use of a collar,' 'confinement in a box' - the document makes compelling and chilling reading. The stories recounted in its fewer than 50 pages lead inexorably to this unequivocal conclusion, which, given its source, has the power of a legal determination: 'The allegations of ill treatment of the detainees indicate that, in many cases, the ill treatment to which they were subjected while held in the C.I.A. program, either singly or in combination, constituted torture. In addition, many other elements of the ill treatment, either singly or in combination, constituted cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.'"

Politics

I approve!

"If you're in the marriage business, do it equally. And if you're not going to do it equally, get out of the business."

One solution for the gay marriage debate: take government out completely, for everyone. Government gives civil unions, churches marry whoever they want to, everyone is happy.