Let Us Call It by Its Proper Name: Torture

Let Us Call It by Its Proper Name: Torture

Let us not forget that on Saturday, March 8, 2008, President Bush announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have banned the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods, such as waterboarding, to break suspected terrorists because it would end practices that he said have prevented attacks. The bill that he rejected would have provided guidelines for intelligence activities and has the interrogation requirement as one provision. The bill would have limited CIA interrogators to the 19 techniques that are allowed for use by military questioners. In 2006, the Army Field Manual banned the use of methods such as waterboarding or sensory deprivation on uncooperative prisoners.

Therefore, at this moment in history, let us not forget what is still being executed by our government. Rather than simply describing it as an “advanced” or “enhanced” interrogation technique, let us call it by its proper name: Torture.

Let Us Call It by Its Proper Name: Torture

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Obama, Stop this Nonsense: No, You Can’t!

No, You Can’t is a satirical music video that responds to Barack Obama’s political message of Hope, as well as to the acclaimed Yes We Can celebrity music video. It stars a look-alike for the infamous Republican neo-conservative, Vice-President Richard Cheney.

Obama, Stop This Hope Nonsense: No, You Can’t!

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Talk about Whether Larry Craig Should Stay or Go: A Discombobulated Debate

Larry Craig: I am NOT GAY.  Remember, I’m NOT GAY.  NOT GAY.

Senator Larry Craig (NOT GAY-R) of Idaho: The Toe-Tapping Bathroom Menace

The slogan of the Idaho Hall of Fame, which Larry Craig will enter next Saturday, is “Idahoans on Loan to the World.” Nobody really wants to be installed next to Craig, but two fellow inductees will find the ceremony especially awkward.  Gov. Butch Otter has been waiting six weeks to name Craig’s successor.  He released a long list of all the Idahoans who’ve expressed interest in the job and had reportedly settled on a replacement just in time for Craig’s announcement that he’s not resigning.  Another inductee, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, desperately wants Craig’s seat and will soon announce his intention to run in 2008, even if Otter doesn’t nominate him.

The Idaho Hall of Fame was right to worry that the concept of “real life heroes has been lost,” although when it set out to find inductees with “pages of life experience to inspire our up and coming generations,” Larry Craig’s pages weren’t exactly the kind it had in mind!  It’s organizers were looking for achievements denoting fame, not actions smacking of infamy.

And the Senate Republicans just can’t seem to catch a break.  The colleagues they hate to lose are retiring, and the one guy they desperately want to retire and go away isn’t budging.  John Ensign, who has the unpleasant task of heading the Senate Republican Campaign Committee for 2008, doesn’t mince words: “Senator Craig gave us his word.… I wish he would stick to his word.”  Like most Idahoans, Craig’s colleagues in the Senate take his backtracking personally.  If a man’s word is his bond, it’s time to call the bounty hunter.

The Hardball Debate: Should He Stay or Go

Chris Mathews’ “Hardball” panel members recently debated whether Senator Larry Craig (NOT GAY-R) of Idaho made the right decision in choosing to continue the rest of his term in the Senate.  The debate entailed what must be one of the more confused, bewildering discussions to appear on television in recent times.  Who is saying what about whom and why and on what grounds, etc., etc.  Just see h0w long you can follow the simulated logic in this one:

“Hardball Debate” about Larry Craig:  Should He Stay or Go?

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Ann Coulter’s Gay Porn Boy Headed for Bigger Military Legal Problems

The Matt Sanchez Scandal Continues…

Matt Sanchez and Ann Coulter

Matt Sanchez and Michelle Malkin

A tip today from Bloggernista about Matt Sanchez, the favorite gay ex-porn star of the Conservative Party Action Committee (which earlier this year had awarded him the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award) and of conservative homophobe Ann Coulter:

“Ann Coulter’s favorite ex-gay porn performer may be in big trouble.”

For background on this story, here’s more from Bloggernista:

“I don’t often post about things related to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, but this press release is pretty damn good.  Its in reference to Matt Sanchez, former gay porn star who was an award winner at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.  Some of you out there may know Sanchez as very well-endowed porn star Rod Majors.”

If you haven’t heard about the drama, check out the MSNBC coverage of the issue:

“Rod Majors” aka Matt Sanchez

Matt Sanchez: Conservative Political Action Committee Honoree

And to Sanchez being interviewed by Alan Colmes of Hannity & Colmes:

Alan Colmes of Hannity & Colmes interviewed Sanchez on his radio show.  Sanchez claimed, among other things, that he’s not gay, and that his male prostitution clients weren’t gay either.  He also said that he hadn’t done gay porn or prostitution in 15 years.  Needless to say, as the interview progressed Sanchez became increasingly confused as Colmes caught him in his lies over and over again. (Audio, No Video).

Alan Colmes Radio Interview of Matt Sanchez

And here’s the Marine Corps News report that was published today, citing new charges that are being brought against Ann Coulter’s boy-toy and the darling of the influential and elite Conservative Political Action Conference:

“The Corps on Friday was slated to wrap up an investigation into allegations that a corporal in the Individual Ready Reserve who appeared in gay porn films before enlisting solicited more than $12,000 from private organizations by asking them to fund a deployment to Iraq he never made, according to e-mails from the investigating officer forwarded to Marine Corps Times.

Reserve Col. Charles Jones, a staff judge advocate called to Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, Mo., on temporary orders that expire Saturday, informed Reserve Cpl. Matt Sanchez of the allegations against him in a March 22 e-mail that advised Sanchez of his rights.

Jones wrote that Sanchez’s participation in porn films was part of the investigation, but that two of the three allegations against him involved lying “to various people, including but not limited to, representatives of the New York City United War Veterans Council and U-Haul Corporation” about deploying to Iraq at the commandant’s request.

Specifically, you wrongfully solicited funds to support your purported deployment to Iraq” by coordinating a $300 payment from the UWVC and $12,000 from U-Haul, Jones wrote.

In an interview Thursday with Marine Corps Times, Sanchez said the fund-raising allegations are “demonstrably false” and that he never collected money from either organization.

Sanchez, 36, recently admitted to appearing in such films as “Man to Men” and “Jawbreaker” in the early 1990s under the name Rod Majors after liberal bloggers identified him from photos taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., during the first week of March.

In a March letter addressed to MobCom commander Brig. Gen. Darrell Moore, who will ultimately decide what to do with Jones’ investigation, Sanchez said he’s never done anything to bring dishonor on the Corps since enlisting and that “my past is behind me.” [No pun intended]

The Marine Corps is a conversion experience, what men were before they joined is not as important as what they become,” Sanchez wrote.

Sanchez has risen to prominence in recent months after accusing other students at Columbia University, where he is also a student, of publicly ridiculing him for serving in the military.  They have also posted signs of him around campus as part of an anti-war campaign.

Sanchez wrote columns for newspapers, including Marine Corps Times, explaining his side of the Columbia dispute.  He also appeared at the conservative conference in Washington, where he was embraced by right-wing personalities.  Shortly after that appearance, news of his gay porn past came to light.”

An excellent review of the events leading up to the most recent one being reported on here was written by Max Blumenthal for The Huffington Post.

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