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Thursday News Round Up

Thursday news roundup

Even if you were paying attention yesterday, you may have missed a couple big news items. First of all, Philip Zelikow, an aid to Condoleezza Rice when she was Secretary of State, messed up. He actually thought that the Constitution was the Constitution. He thought that because we sign treaties and have more than 200 years’ history of not embracing torture that that actually meant something. He thought, amazingly enough, that the Geneva conventions, which we signed, actually bind us to uphold them. That notion is kind of quaint and laughable now, but back in the day, he wrote this memo. Shortly after he wrote it (memo is here), someone, somewhere in the White House decided that they needed to destroy every copy of the memo. They missed a few copies. The importance of this memo, in my mind, is twofold – First, it is possible to be a conservative and not embrace torture. Secondly, it is possible to be a conservative and not embrace everything that came out of George W. Bush’s mouth (or Dick Cheney’s, for that matter).

For some reason, all that stuff having to do with torture seems to be relatively recent in my mind compared to Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath seem to be a distant memory. I don’t know why. Yesterday, five New Orleans police officers were sentenced to relatively long prison terms because they fired on unarmed civilians during a famous incident in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Not only did several officers fire on unarmed civilians who were trying to flee the city via the Daniziger Bridge, but they also tried to cover up the incident. In my opinion, this whole incident stems from a lack of oversight in which many people believed that they were on their own. Simple communications (telephone, cell phone, walkie-talkie, radio) were simply unattainable, not working or functioning incorrectly. People were desperate. In desperate times people do extremely stupid and regrettable things. The role of government is to prevent this feeling of desperation.


Fun video: Who would’ve thought you could combine Rita Hayworth and the Bee Gees? Who knew?

By |2012-08-29T22:28:03-04:00April 5th, 2012|Katrina, Legal, Torture|1 Comment

News misleads again

Maybe it’s the 24-hour mentality of news or that these news websites feel as if they have to fill every square inch of the page with something. MSNBC has several links on their front page which include — How Big Will the Crowd Be?, Waterboarding Is Torture, AG Pick Says, Israel Says It Hit UN Mission after Taking Fire. All of these seem like good, solid news items. Then, when you dig down a little farther you get to this article — Some Blacks Choose Inauguration OverworkWhy is this news? Aren’t some Whites chosing the inauguration overwork? Aren’t there going to be hundreds if not thousands of Americans to want to stay home and watch the inauguration? The insinuation that Blacks will be the only ones celebrating Obama’s inauguration it’s simply wrong. The article is infuriating.

By |2009-01-15T12:27:20-04:00January 15th, 2009|Media, Obama administration, Race|Comments Off on News misleads again

Campaign Roundup

I’m going to be a little lazy today. I’m going to borrow the campaign Round-up from Political Animal.

From PA:

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* The Obama campaign unveiled a two-minute ad this morning that emphasizes Obama’s economic plan and how he’d pay for it. McCain and Bush aren’t mentioned.

* The National Republican Senatorial Committee has officially given up on winning Colorado’s open U.S. Senate seat, which obviously spells trouble for Bob Schaffer.

* In other Senate news, Obama cut a new TV ad for Oregon’s Jeff Merkley, the first commercial Obama has done for a Democratic Senate candidate this year.

* In Ohio, a new Ohio Newspaper Poll shows Obama leading McCain by three, 49% to 46%. A month ago, this same poll showed McCain up by two.

* In Colorado, a new Rocky Mountain News/CBS4 poll shows Obama leading McCain by 12, 52% to 40%.

* In New Hampshire, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by four, 50% to 46%.

* In Iowa, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by eight, 52% to 44%.

* Nationally, Newsweek shows Obama leading McCain by 12, 53% to 41%.

By |2008-10-25T20:37:45-04:00October 25th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on Campaign Roundup
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