Archive for June, 2005

What Torture Looks Like

What Torture Looks Like

| June 19, 2005 | Reply

This, for those of us who were unclear on the issue, is torture. The men said they told the marines, from Company K, Third Marines, Second Division, that they had been tortured with shocks and flogged with a strip of rubber for more than two weeks, unseen behind the windows of black glass. One of […]

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Appending Torture to Godwin's Law

Appending Torture to Godwin's Law

| June 19, 2005 | 2 Replies

Something lost in the controversy about Dick Durbin’s shameful slander this past few days has been that what our soldiers have been doing at Guantanamo has been torture. It’s difficult to say, “No, it isn’t” because, the comback can always be, “Yes, it is”. Dave Kopel of the Volokh Conspiracy brings us a more authoritative, […]

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9/11? What's that?

9/11? What's that?

| June 19, 2005 | Reply

You might remember that nearly-incomprehensible column from Stacy Schiff about which I wrote earlier in the week. Well, Cassandra found the same column, read it, then administered a most severe and savage editorial beating. What set Ms. Schiff off? She has learned, to her horror, that more than 60% of Americans don’t trust the press. […]

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The New Journalistic Standard: Just Get Close

The New Journalistic Standard: Just Get Close

| June 19, 2005 | 1 Reply

It looks like those Downing Street Memos are turning out to be a big, fat zero for the anti-war, anti-Bush crowd. Not only do they not say what we’ve been told they say, but the reporter who first “obtained” them, can’t verify their authenticity because he destroyed the originals. How convenient. Quoting The Anchoress, who […]

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Dean's on Record: Anti-Semitism is Bad. There's Still No Word on If He Believes our Soldiers are Like Sadistic Murderers

Dean's on Record: Anti-Semitism is Bad. There's Still No Word on If He Believes our Soldiers are Like Sadistic Murderers

| June 18, 2005 | 4 Replies

It seems, today, that the Democrats have retained some small shred of decency. Howard Dean, self-professed hater of Republicans and white Christians, has drawn the party’s hate line at the Jews. WASHINGTON — A handful of people at Democratic National Headquarters distributed material critical of Israel during a public forum questioning the Bush administration’s Iraq […]

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The Council Speaks!

The Council Speaks!

| June 18, 2005 | Reply

Here are the results from the latest Watcher’s Council. Among the Council, I managed to pull out a victory over a very strong field and managed to fend off e-Claire’s What the Hell’s the Matter with the US post with my own critical post of a recent Washington Post column. Among the non-Council posters, Winds […]

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Catching Up on Council Work

Catching Up on Council Work

| June 18, 2005 | Reply

I have some Watchers’ Council catching up to do, which means that you have a bounty of reading coming your way. In the future I hope to move the Watchers’ Council results to a more permanent place on one of my sidebars so it’s always accessible. More on that later. Here are the results from […]

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A New Durbin Blog

A New Durbin Blog

| June 17, 2005 | Reply

Mike Mikkelsen, of Analytic Disturbance, has started a new blog to deal with Dick Durbin’s reprehensible comments and the reaction thereto. It’s called Bloggers for Censure and it deserves your daily attention until Durbin formally apologizes and resigns from office.

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Durbin Explains Himself Yet Again.

Durbin Explains Himself Yet Again.

| June 17, 2005 | Reply

I’ve been checking Senator Durbin’s website to see if he’d post some sort of apology there for his scurrilous allegations. At last, he has. Here it is, in total: DURBIN STATEMENT ON PREVIOUS COMMENTS REGARDING GUANTANAMO BAY Friday, June 17, 2005 “More than 1700 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and our country‚Äôs standing […]

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Mopery? With Intent!

Mopery? With Intent!

| June 17, 2005 | Reply

Eugene Volokh introduces most of us to a word we’ve probably not head before – Mopery. Mopery is a quasi-legal term that I’ve generally heard used as slang. I’ve spent a lot of time around police officers and they use the word to talk about “nuisance crimes” that have been placed against arrestees. These are […]

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