It must be Arizona’s week in the spotlight for wingers, crazies, and fundies. Poor failed presidential candidate Sen. John McCain had the gall to suggest to heat-packing Arizonans that President Obama doesn’t want to torch the Constitution (not like, say, George W. Bush, who already set it ablaze).
The Daily Dish meditates on Dick Cheney's argument that to defeat inhuman terrorists, we have to be even more inhuman they are in order to devise inhuman ways to get them to spill the beans (what can they know after six or seven years in confinement?). Failing that, we just beat them to death, disappear them, drive them insane, or park them in Gitmo for most of a decade:
"The fact that we are not really bothered any more by taking helpless detainees in our custody and (a) threatening to blow their brains out, torture them with drills, rape their mothers, and murder their children; (b) choking them until they pass out; (c) pouring water down their throats to drown them; (d) hanging them by their arms until their shoulders are dislocated; (e) blowing smoke in their face until they vomit; (f) putting them in diapers, dousing them with cold water, and leaving them on a concrete floor to induce hypothermia; and (g) beating them with the butt of a rifle -- all things that we have always condemned as "torture" and which our laws explicitly criminalize as felonies ("torture means. . . the threat of imminent death; or the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering . . .") -- reveals better than all the words in the world could how degraded, barbaric and depraved a society becomes when it lifts the taboo on torturing captives," - Glenn Greenwald, Salon.
Mike's America says the President uses his kids as props when it suits his purposes:. He says the media is, at the same time, digging dirt on Sarah Palin's brood. She never used them for political ends.
After we noted on August 13 that the Mikester let himself be listed as a contributor to Boy Fogle's Palmetto Scoop, his profile as a contributor has disappeared.