“That’s what the conservative media consists of: partisans offering inconsistent, insincere, and nonsensical arguments on behalf of torture and the depraved thugs who authorized it.”
— Jamison Foser, “Gaps in the Right’s ‘Banana Republic’ Rhetoric,” Media Matters, April 24, 2009.
“The main threat to Democracy comes not from the extreme left but from the extreme right, which is able to buy huge sections of the press and radio, and wages a constant campaign to smear and discredit every progressive and humanitarian measure.”
— George Seldes, more than 60 years ago.
“These companies, not the lunatic Nazi fanatics, are the main war criminals. If the guilt of these criminals is not brought to daylight and if they are not punished, they will pose a much greater threat to the future peace of the world than Hitler if he were still alive.”
— Telford Taylor, Chief US Prosecutor, 1947 Nuremberg War Trial, referring to the corporations who supported the Nazi regime in Germany.
“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio Gates Spafford, March 17, 1817, cited in Papers 14:221.
“Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
— Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger.”
“Take your pick: Either the Bush White House was in a panic after 9/11 and naively thought torture would work, which makes them rank amateurs in the intelligence game too incompetent to run the country; or they were trying to use torture to enhance the case for invading Iraq and expanding their powers, which makes them fascists. There aren’t really any other alternatives to explain why this torture took place.”
— Boris the Retired Agent
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As The Worm Turns
By W.B. Dunne
A few observations that occurred to the News Pauper while watching the correspondents dinner:
I feel a wave of pity for what remains of the illustrious GOP. Force-fed the neocon philosophy for all these terrible years, the abandoned army has forgotten how to march without a leader. In a palpable irony, their figurehead sulks in his Dallas mansion, while the power behind the face of the party is suddenly as accessible as he was inaccessible during his tenure. It is truly terrible to see Dick Cheney on a very good day, nowhere will you find a man so unworthy of trust or friendship. He has escaped with his skin and sails away from his dastardly acts shrieking in delight. He is a tyrant and a torturing killer, and he is relishing in the sight of his destroyed forces and the people that stopped him in hot pursuit. This devil deserves no sympathy; he is exactly like Hitler in the respect that he expects to take his people down with himto the last man.
Here is a prediction: The Political Party that replaces the now extinct Republican Party will make the Republicans appear even more ridiculous, in retrospect, than they appear now.
In fact, it was founded on English Common Law which predated the introduction of Christianity to Britain by two hundred years.
” … [W]e know that the common law is that system of law which was introduced by the Saxons on their settlement in England, and altered from time to time by proper legislative authority from that time to the date of the Magna Charta [1215 CE], which terminates the period of the common law…and commences that of the statute law…. This settlement took place about the middle of the fifth century. But Christianity was not introduced till the seventh century…. Here, then, was a space of about two hundred years, during which the common law was in existence, and Christianity no part of it…. If, therefore, from the settlement of the Saxons to the introduction of Christianity among them, that system of religion could not be a part of the common law, because they were not yet Christians, and if, having their laws from that period to the close of the common law, we are able to find among them no such act of adoption, we may safely affirm (though contradicted by all the judges and writers on earth) that Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. …”
— Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814. From Andrew A. Lipscomb, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson , Vol. XIV, Washington, DC: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903, pp. 85-97. Quoted at the Ten Amendments Day site.