The Fifth Horseman: Reid Rampages Through House Of Representatives

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

 

Reid Rampages Through House Of Representatives

I love alliteration. Really, I do.

I also love that the Democrats finally seem to have grown some balls.

Like yesterday, when Senate Democrats shut down the Senate to demand some answers from the GOP about the shady evidence leading up to the Iraqi Quagmire.

From cnn.com:
The Senate reopened about two hours later, after members agreed to appoint a bipartisan group of senators to assess the progress of the "Phase 2" probe, the office of Majority Leader Bill Frist said.

The three Republicans and three Democrats are to report back to Senate leaders by November 14.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. The Democrats took action, and actually got some results.

Wow. First the Libby Indictment...then, this. Let's hope this good fortune lasts.

Just for kicks, here's Harry Reid's personal site, Give 'Em Hell Harry.

In other news, it's nice to know that some sensibility remains in the Heartland, especially with regards to the Right To Privacy. Americablog has these results from a Gallup poll about the Alito nomination:
If you were convinced that Alito would vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, would you, personally, want the Senate vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court, or not?

Yes, confirm: 37%

No, not: 53%

No opinion: 10%

It's nice to know that this country hasn't gone to hell completely.

In not so happy news, a new chapter has emerged in the Chickenhawk Torture Saga. The Washington post ran this article about the expose of a secret CIA detention facility in Eastern Europe. Here's an excerpt:
Host countries have signed the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as has the United States. Yet CIA interrogators in the overseas sites are permitted to use the CIA's approved "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques," some of which are prohibited by the U.N. convention and by U.S. military law. They include tactics such as "waterboarding," in which a prisoner is made to believe he or she is drowning.


For those of you that haven't caught on just yet, "Enhanced Interrogation" = Torture.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?

Comments:
Apart from humanitarian considerations, information obtained through torture is unreliable. When I was intelligence operations officer of our 4th Armored Division in Germany, the professional interrogators told me that they try to develop a rapport with the detainee, and this takes a few days, but the information from that effort is usually good. They told me that torture in used only by pathetic, despicable amateurs in their field.
 
Sure is nice to see soem tradition returning to the world-the Soviet Gulag is back!

Let's see..... gulags-check. Troops in Afghanistan-check. Spending out of control-check. Standard of living falling for citizenry-check. Presidency above the law, detention without charge for people on the say-so of the Executive, military demoralized and stretched ever-thinner-checkety-check.

How long before somebody stands on a tank in front of the Capitol?
 
Where were their balls back at the time of the vote to go to war. In my opinion they are emasculated and are only now using prosthetics because it is safe to do so.
 
Hi
This is your second cousin Susanna. I hope you don't mind that I stumbled across your blog- I'm suddenly a blog fanatic since I started my own: bigsisdiaries.blogspot.com. Looking forward to checking back and reading more...although I don't have too many strong opinions, it's interesting reading yours.
 
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