King George IV

September 23, 2006 at 2:32 pm | Posted in American politics, Torture, War on Terror | 3 Comments

Yes, he gets the right to torture individuals now, whomever he deems a terrorist, and only he gets to interpret the Geneva Conventions as he sees fit. Congratulations America! You broke away from one King George to get another King George!

Detainee Deal Full of Contradictions

The compromise reached on Thursday between Congressional Republicans and the White House on the interrogations and trials of terrorism suspects is, legal experts said yesterday, a series of interlocking paradoxes.

It would impose new legal standards that it forbids the courts to enforce.

It would guarantee terrorist masterminds charged with war crimes an array of procedural protections. But it would bar hundreds of minor figures and people who say they are innocent bystanders from access to the courts to challenge their potentially lifelong detentions.

And while there is substantial disagreement about just which harsh interrogation techniques the compromise would prohibit, there is no dispute that it would allow military prosecutors to use statements that had been obtained under harsh techniques that are now banned.

How shameful

Commentary on The Torture “Compromise”

September 22, 2006 at 8:22 pm | Posted in American politics, Torture, War on Terror | 3 Comments

I’ve said enough on the issue. But there are a good number of sources that provide good commentary on how bad torture is for America. If I would have known ten years ago that today America was going to legalize torture….well I don’t know what I would have done. I was in Romania on my mission for the LDS church. Maybe I would have found some way to stay there. I am appalled that America backs this, and wants to legalize it. What has happened America?

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Rove’s October Surprise

September 22, 2006 at 2:25 pm | Posted in American politics, Republicans, War on Terror | 9 Comments

It looks like Rove’s October surprise is going to be a strike on Iran probably by October 21. That is in time for the election, but late enough so the negative consequences of the attack don’t affect the election, but will only be affecting America after November 7. This is no liberal dreaming this, as is seen by Newsmax’s article, a right-wing magazine. Anyone still think Bush and his cohorts are not playing politics with national security?

John McCain’s Straw Man

September 22, 2006 at 1:13 pm | Posted in American politics, Republicans, Torture, War on Terror | 1 Comment

This morning on the Today Show, Matt Lauer was interviewing McCain on the supposed “compromise”—-I can’t honestly call it a compromise, as the president got exactly what he wanted. McCain dove into rote talking points with every question Matt Lauer asked, never actually answering some pretty good questions. And it isn’t Mr. Lauer’s style to push further. His style is to ask the question and let the viewer decide on the answer. Unfortunately in today’s political world, politicians get away with talking points that include just the right words, with enough spin, so that the unlearned (and yes, I’m afraid that most Americans are unlearned about the art of politics) think the question was answered when in fact the words used had nothing to do even with the subject of the question at hand!

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A Compromise?

September 22, 2006 at 1:29 am | Posted in American politics, Republicans, Torture, War on Terror | 2 Comments

Republican leaders in Congress and the White House have come to a supposed “compromise” on torturing detainees. What principle are Republicans fighting for here? The right to torture? What moral claim is this? How does Christianity justify torture?

The deal, reached after three days of intense intra-party negotiations, satisfied the concerns of three Republicans on how the measure would affect U.S. compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

The White House backed off an effort to define language in the Geneva Conventions barring “humiliating treatment and outrages upon personal dignity.”

In another concession, detainees prosecuted by military commissions in some cases would be allowed to see classified information used against them. And the deal puts limits on prosecutors’ ability to use statements made by detainees under coercion.

But the agreement explicitly gives the president “the authority for the United States to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions.”

This basically says that the Geneva Conventions are only as good as the President says. In other words, the President deems what is legal or not, making the Executive Branch the legislative, the executive and judicial all in one. How the heck is this a compromise?

What the hell are Republicans thinking?

The Methods of Justifying Torture in the Bush Administration

September 21, 2006 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Torture, War on Terror | 4 Comments

Over on Balkanization, Marty Lederman has a great analysis of just how the Bush Administration wishes to legalize torture in America, even to the point where we, Americans, no longer are shocked by the treatment we wish to instill upon our detainees. How did it come to this? Why are Americans embracing such evil? Have we really gone past feeling so far as to not see how evil this is?

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Bush on Thailand’s Military Coup: Indifference

September 21, 2006 at 1:36 pm | Posted in American politics, Democracy, Republicans, World Events | 1 Comment

So while Thailand’s democratically elected prime minister visited the UN in New York, Thai military staged a coup and took military control of Thailand, at the blessing of Thailand’s monarchy. What was Bush’s response? After all, he had just spoken at the UN about spreading democracy around the world. “Disappointed,” is all he would say. As we know though, Bush is selective about spreading democracy, and is perfectly fine with some nations not turning democratic. He is inviting the dictator of Kazakhstan to a White House visit soon.

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Why Are So Many Americans So Eager To Torture People?

September 20, 2006 at 11:41 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Torture | 5 Comments

I am really curious about this. I don’t get it. It is evil. Why are so many Americans eager to torture people? Why do so many Americans speak of people in the Islamic world with terms such as “savage beasts,” “cockroaches,” and “animals?” What has happened to America’s sense of decency?

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Do What Is Right, Let the Consequence Follow

September 20, 2006 at 7:09 pm | Posted in American politics, Religion, Torture, War on Terror | 16 Comments

In the discussion about normalizing torture in American law, even many Mormons are for it, citing concerns to the American way of life. They say that terrorists are out to destroy our lives, our very being, our very existence, so this somehow justifies us in using all possible tools against them, no matter how wrong or evil those tools happen to be. Well, I disagree.

Do What is Right

Do what is right; the day dawn is breaking,
Hailing a future of freedom and light.
Angels above us are silent notes taking
Of every action, then do what is right!

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth for tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right.

Do what is right, the shackles are falling.
Chains of the bondsmen are no longer bright;
Lightened by hope, soon they’ll cease to be galling.
Truth goeth onward, then do what is right.

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth for tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right.

Do what is right, be faithful and fearless.
Onward, press onward, the goal is in sight.
Eyes that are wet now ere long will be tearless.
Blessings await you in doing what’s right!

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth for tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right.

Real power and influence comes not from getting down and dirty with our enemy, but showing forth the example we are supposed to live by already. God will protect us. Do some not believe this? Do some not think God will be there when He says He will? Do what is right and see for yourself who be with you and who for your enemy. Methinks the priests of Baal will bleed themselves and wail all day to the heavens but in the end their god will not be there for them. Trust in the Lord and keep your principles. This is the way to what is right.

Tim Russert Revises History

September 20, 2006 at 11:27 am | Posted in Revising History | Leave a comment

I was just sitting eating my breakfast, watching NBC’s Today show….just moments ago. They had Tim Russert on the show to give “analysis” of the two speeches yesterday by Ahmadinejad and Bush at the UN. Russert said something that I think most Americans would agree with, but is false. In describing Iran, he said that Iran was trying to overtake Iraq in the 80s. What?!?!?! Maybe I’m one of few Americans who doesn’t have a short attention span, but I am quite sure that it was actually Iraq that tried to overtake Iran back in the 80s, and found Iran to be so formidable that Iraq had to resort to chemical weapons to keep the hundreds of thousands of Iranians at bay. It was Saddam that was the aggressor. It was Saddam that tried to invade Iran and take over Iran, not the other way around. Boy, the revision of history in America is intolerable. What are you doing, Mr. Russert?

I’ll get a transcript of this later. This was just on five minutes ago.

One Man’s Terrorist is Another Man’s Freedom Fighter

September 20, 2006 at 10:36 am | Posted in War on Terror | Leave a comment

Related to my last post, apparently, Michelle Malkin, the Queen of Conservative Blogging who can come up with some real doozies is upset that Indonesia has prosecuted, and sentenced to death three terrorists. Yes, you are hearing this correctly. Take a look for yourself, one of the few times I will link to Ms. Malkin’s blog. Note how she quotes the charges against the men:

Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwa were condemned to death because they were found guilty of masterminding a massacre of 200 Muslims in Poso during inter-faith clashes in 2000.

Yet she holds back from calling them terrorists, but when a Muslim kills a Christian, she doesn’t hold back and starts calling Muslims “animals.”

These unappeasable animals mean what they say.

Not only that, but she complains that the Christian “terrorists” in Indonesia are not getting a full and fair trial. She notes:

Muslims Will Execute Christians In Indonesia on Thursday–despite grave doubts raised over the fairness of the trial.

Fairness of the trial? Is it not Michelle Malkin who not only doesn’t question the fairness of military tribunals in America, but is strongly for it?

What’s the difference? Is a terrorist not always a terrorist? Or perhaps when a Christian kills a bunch of Muslims, that Christian deserves a fair trial, but when a Muslim kills many Christians, he should be executed on the spot…..

Glen Greenwald expertly excoriates Ms. Malkin’s position, showing how Americans don’t mind Muslims being tortured or given unfair trials, but the moment a Christian is accused of terrorist acts, they push to ensure they get a fair trial. Oh the hypocrisy of the Christian Right!

Who is Spreading the Propaganda?

September 19, 2006 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Republicans, War on Terror | 2 Comments

At the UN today, Bush said the following:

“My country desires peace,” Bush told world leaders in the cavernous main hall at the U.N.

“Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam.”

Hmmmm…..I wonder. Why don’t we read what conservatives in America are saying, and let’s see if their “propaganda” is false.

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Jesus Camp

September 19, 2006 at 1:17 am | Posted in Evangelicals, Religion | 2 Comments

What do you all think of this? Is this what the Lord would want of his followers?

Bush’s “Alternative Set of Procedures” in the Words of Soviet Prisoners

September 18, 2006 at 10:24 am | Posted in Torture, War on Terror | Leave a comment

Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch has written an op-ed in the Washington Post this morning giving examples of exactly what Bush would like to legalize here in America.

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Welcome to the New Blog

September 17, 2006 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Thoughts | 2 Comments

I’ve switched my politics blog from blogger to wordpress because I like most of the functions here on wordpress better. So welcome. I’ve also changed the name of the blog to The Good Democrat. I’m a Mormon but not a conservative, and especially not a Republican, at least the Republicans that currently represent the GOP. They’ve lost their way. I mean they advocate for legalizing torture! This blog is to show a better way. Be religious, believe strongly in your religion, but don’t tie your religion to a political party. The moment you do that, you degrade your religion, as politics is the world of the corrupt.

I’ve transfered all my previous posts from my previous blog, so you don’t have to go back there to view them. I hope you enjoy the new blog and enjoy the ramblings of a man who unfortunately studied politics in his undergraduate work and can’t escape the desire to talk politics anymore. 🙂

Making a Deal With the Devil

September 16, 2006 at 9:56 am | Posted in American politics, Republicans, Torture, War on Terror | Leave a comment

There are two things recently, out of many, which seems to indicate America is willing to make a deal with the devil. In other words, sacrifice its dear principles for “protection.” We used to be willing to sacrifice our lives for these very principles, now we want to sacrifice these principles for our lives. What has happened, America?

The first thing is the torture debate. Bush and his cronies are actually advocating openly the use of “alternative set of procedures,” known in the no-spin world as torture, methods Bush is still to worried to actually name openly. His fear is that naming them will lead to terrorists finding ways to withstand the new techniques, so they won’t provide us with more information on supposed “ticking-time-bomb” scenarios, just like we see in the show “24.” But the real reason Bush is worried about naming them openly (they have been, after all, leaked to the press, so terrorists can see exactly what we are talking about—-furthermore, you think America has worse torture techniques than, say, Jordan or Egypt, who have refined the methods over the centuries?), is because he will then be advocating openly for something specific. It is the irony of the whole situation. Bush and his cronies decry Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions for being vague, but when asked what techniques need to be used, Bush and his cronies stay vague themselves. What Bush and his cronies want is protection from inevitable prosecution of CIA operatives and employees of the Bush Administration in the future for violations they have committed against the Geneva Conventions (which are the Law of the Land), and the War Crimes Act of 1996. In other words, Bush has already directed CIA operatives to violate the law and he is now seeking protection for himself and his workers. If he dares actually say what they did, instead of remaining vague, prosecutors will have recorded evidence of the Commander in Chief saying what he ordered CIA operatives to do in breaking the law. He has to remain vague for this reason. Any talk about not revealing our techniques to terrorists is a diversion, a red herring. Terrorists are not fearful of being captured by Americans; they fear us renditioning them to Jordan or Egypt, or Pakistan, or even Syria, because Jordan and Egypt and Pakistan and Syria have already sold their souls to the Devil and practice torture to their heart’s content.

America used to criticize regimes that tortured prisoners, now we transfer our prisoners to them to torture. I think though, Bush would rather stop rendition and just torture our prisoners here. That’s the debate right now. What does America want? What is more important? Living our lives under a contract with the devil supposedly “protected” from death and violence, or risking some casualties in a fight for our principles?

Remember, Bush is pushing Congress strongly right now because he has already broken the law. He just wants to cover his ass at judgment day, when the taxman cometh.

The second way we are making a deal with the devil is something that does not get much airplay, due to the distractions of everything else. But apparently the United States is following other countries in placing a chip inside our passports, which can then be tracked, so the government knows exactly where your passport is anywhere in the world. This is the slow creep towards a deal with the devil, and needs to be revealed openly before this ensnares us. Why do we need chips inside our passports? “Protection.” From what? Stuff happening basically. So what if a person steals your passport; get a new one. That’s not good enough for some. They would rather sacrifice their ability to remain private for the “protection” that such a chip would supposedly bring. It won’t. It is a deal with the devil.

America needs to make a decision here. On the one hand we’re given an option to trade some of our principles that we’ve fought long and hard and dear on for “protection.” That’s the deal that Bush is giving us.

“The professionals will not step up unless there’s clarity in the law,” Bush said. “So Congress has got a decision to make: Do you want the program to go forward or not? I strongly recommend that this program go forward in order for us to be able to protect America.”

According to this side, the “professionals” supposedly cannot, or maybe will not, protect America without this deal. That’s the offer. Trade your principles for your protection. Will America do this?

On the other side is the greater risk of another attack, supposedly, according to Bush. If we don’t sacrifice our principles, we’re supposedly at risk for another attack. And this is true. If we don’t employ all the weapons we have, including nuclear weapons, we are at greater risk of another attack. No one should believe otherwise.

But here is the question. Are we willing to trade our principles for a reduced risk of another attack? What Bush and his cronies will not tell you, which is usual when you make a deal with the devil, is that taking his way won’t necessarily reduce the risk of another attack to zero, in other words, we’re still going to be at risk of another attack. So what are we getting in return for sacrificing our principles? What exactly are we getting in return if we are still at risk of another attack? Where’s the supposed “protection?”

America must not sacrifice its principles. Americans have sacrificed their lives before for the very principles we no longer seem to hold dear. I am willing to sacrifice my life that my fellow Americans live in freedom and from fear. Do no make a deal with the devil; he will one day come to collect his end of the bargain.

Stay free, America!

Call It Like It Is: Bush Is Blackmailing the Senate

September 15, 2006 at 7:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dude, Mr. Toobin, stop dancing around the words and call it like it is:

But the president didn’t just say… the senators’ proposal was unacceptable. … He went even further. He was really playing chicken with the senators. He was saying, “Look, go ahead and pass your law. You pass that law. If it somehow becomes law, I’m shutting this program down. And that’s on your head.”

That is called blackmail. Bush is actually threatening to release the terrorists and blame it on the Senators. Blackmail is blackmail is blackmail, no matter the situation. Call it like it is, dude.

Call It As It Is: Bush Wants to Torture People

September 15, 2006 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

well said!

It’s so annoying to read mainstream press articles where they dance around what the real issue is on “terror suspect interrogations.” They use every euphemism in the book. Bush seeks “clarity” on interrogations. Bush wants “wider leeway” in interrogations. Bush wants “tougher interrogations.”

Tougher interrogations, my ass. Bush wants to torture people.

Every single person writing those stories knows what this is really about. They are so queasy about writing the word down on paper, but they’re perfectly willing to have a legitimate debate on whether we should actually do it. That makes no sense. I wish the late Sam Kinison was around now to shout at the reporters, “Say it!!! Just say it!!!!” It’s torture.

Is this really what America stands for? If it isn’t, don’t vote Republican in November. End the madness!

Cheney’s Madness

September 15, 2006 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

—By Stuart Carlson

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

To All Bush Supporters

September 14, 2006 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Bush says catching or getting Bin Laden is no longer a priority for him.

to all Bush supporters out there, let me give you an analogy.

a man comes to your house and kills your wife and your son and your daughter. do you go after him, or do you go on a crusade to stop murders in people’s homes?

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