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Showing posts with label NRA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NRA. Show all posts

Monday, August 5, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Video Games And Mental Health






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...Video games and mental health...

After three mass shootings in the span of three weeks (with two in a matter of 48 hours), I listened with contempt as progressive cable news hosts commented in anticipation of Trump's next day White House statements. Well, as is commonly the case Trump pulled up well shy of productive comments while wallowing in a low-level less than rational mumble-jumble. To be much more specific. Trump wallowed in the same irrational and third-grade level reading of a teleprompter.

Let's first expose the most irrational and inane utterances form the address.



If you dare to expose your gray matter to a president who has offered over 11,000 presidential lies in three years here is the full ten plus minutes address.  Speaking of the teleprompter do you recall what follows.



And 2011 criticism of then-President Obama for his use of the teleprompter. Linked here.

OK so much for GOP and Trump ridiculous hypocrisy regarding the teleprompter aside, let's show how VOX has addressed video games as an impetus to mass killings.

According to Vox's Ezra Klein.

Why video games aren’t causing America’s gun problem, in one chart https://bit.ly/2YJSUC3

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It really doesn't take much to find the utter ridiculousness of the GOP's affinity for gun Lobby dark money.   You might be thinking"...well the Dems also take money from the NRA."  Yes, but relativity is a powerful consideration and visual representational of the imbalance of NRA money to the GOP is poignant, Open Secrets dot org offers a look at what has truly become money for driving US politicians. Three graphics

In case you didn't check out the Open Secrets' link, consider this graphic.

Take a close look at 2016.


Did you really believe Trump was going to even mention rapid-fire military-style rifles?


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Teachers And Guns (Video)



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What follows is a classic example of a supposed national leader who is so out of touch with reality and possibly consumed with NRA contributions he speaks publicly about arming classroom teachers. He offers up a workforce which via the majority of its workers have no desire to carry firearms in their classrooms.


And that tired worn out refrain from the NRA's LaPierre: "The best defense against a bad guy with a guy is a good guy with a gun."

Well...

As you may have heard, we have a classic example of the ridiculousness of Trump's proposal: A "good guy with a gun in a classroom.  The good guy barricaded himself in his classroom and commencing firearms his weapon.
Jesse Randall Davidson
Davidson 53-year of age has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, carrying a weapon on school grounds, making terroristic threats, possession of a gun during the commission of a crime and disrupting public school.

Accessatlanta.com published a piece including revelations the school terrorist once attempted to confess to murder.

Reality again slams in the face of conservatives who purvey the virtues of "and of our guns."
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dana Loesch: Typical NRA & American Racist Conservative









Yes, what she said I call controversial and flat-out racist. It isn't racist in the sense of overtly showing disregard for the many black mothers who appear on TV crying. No, it is much more subliminal. It is controversial and racist regarding Dana Loesch's exercising white privilege to the CPAC microphone ...and receiving accolades for spewing her racism.

Yet the spokesperson for the NRA is both highly paid, "controversial" probably deep core racist and a wanton titillation of white supremacists and Americna racists.  In 2017.  Bill Moyers and Company published a piece which illustrates how Dana Loesch serves the NRA and the millions across the nation who overtly and covertly subscribe to American racism.

Loesch last week at CPAC



Let's take a look and listen back to 2017.

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NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and Armed Insurrection

The gun lobby's new "recruitment ad" is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear.

BY BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP | JUNE 29, 2017

Take a look at the ad below and ask whether the National Rifle Association can go any lower. Ponder this flagrant call for violence, this insidious advocacy of hate delivered with a sneer, this threat of civil war, this despicable use of propaganda to arouse rebellion against the rule of law and the ideals of democracy.

On the surface, this is a recruitment video for the National Rifle Association. But what you are really about to see is a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, each word and image deliberately chosen to stir the feral instincts of troubled souls who lash out in anger and fear:



Disgusting. Dishonorable. Dangerous. But also deliberate. Everything deplored by the NRA in the ad is committed by “they” — a classic manipulation turning anyone who disagrees with your point of view into “The Other” — something alien, evil, foreign.

“They use their media to assassinate real news,” “They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler,” “They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again.”

“And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.”

Well, we all know who “they” are, don’t we? This is the vitriol that has been spewed like garbage since the days of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, blasted from lynch mobs and demagogues and fascistic factions of political parties that turn racial and religious minorities into grotesque caricatures, the better to demean and diminish and dominate.

It is the nature of such malevolent human beings to hate those whom they have injured, and the NRA has enabled more injury to more marginalized and vulnerable people than can be imagined. Note how the words “guns” or “firearms” are never mentioned once in the ad and yet we know that the NRA is death on steroids. And behind it are the arms merchants — the gun makers and gun sellers — who profit from selling semiautomatic rifles to deranged people who shoot down politicians playing intramural baseball, or slaughter children in their classrooms in schools named Sandy Hook, or who massacre black folks at Bible study in a Charleston church, or murderously infiltrate a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Watching this expertly produced ad, we thought of how the Nazis produced slick propaganda like this to demonize the Jews, round up gypsies and homosexuals, foment mobs, burn books, crush critics, justify torture and incite support for state violence.

It’s the crack in the Liberty Bell, this ad: the dropped stitch in the American flag, the dregs at the bottom of the cup of freedom. It’s a Trump-sized lie invoked to bolster his base, discredit critics, end dissent. Joseph McCarthy must be smiling in hell at such a powerful incarnation on earth of his wretched, twisted soul.

With this savage ad, every Democrat, every liberal, every person of color, every immigrant or anyone who carries a protest sign or raises a voice in disagreement becomes a target in the diseased mind of some tormented viewer. Heavily armed Americans are encouraged to lock and load and be ready for the ballistic solution to any who oppose the systematic looting of Washington by an authoritarian regime led by a deeply disturbed barracuda of a man who tweets personal insults, throws tantrums and degrades everything he touches.

Look again at the ad. Ask yourself: What kind of fools are they at the NRA to turn America into a killing ground for sport? To be choked with hate is a terrible fate, and it is worst for those on whom it is visited.

Take one more look, and ask: Why do they get away with it? What is happening to us? How long do we have before the fire this time?
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Mass Killings The GOP, NRA ,And Your Vote


Here we go again.

House of Representatives Prayers And Moment of Silence..before Business as usual.

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House Chief NRA represeatnaive: "Now is not the time."  Read and souns like a script from NRA headquarters.



Is there any wonder the GOP has zero interest in any form of firearm control?


Watch this quick hit video.

Would you like a more thorough review?  Try Open Secrets.  

Open Secrets
Money to congressional candidates: 2016 Cycle
You may also be interested in our comprehensive Gun Rights vs. Gun 

Control Profile

House # of Members Average Contribution Total Contributions


The US House of Representatives has 435 members.

Senate # of Members Average Contribution Total Contributions


The US Senate has 100 members.


See all recipients
METHODOLOGY: The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more. All donations were made during the 2016 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission. Figures for the current election cycle are based on data released on May 16, 2017. 
This table lists candidates receiving money from this organization in 2015-2016. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals may include subsidiaries and affiliates.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Money From The NRA



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As we move away from yesterday's school shooting and head straight to the next such mass killing, take this quick hit video (via MSNBC News) with you.




IDIOTIC, greedy and careless governance in the face of a national tragedy. The majority of Americans want some form of gun control; the GOP completely ignores our concerns. On the other hand, if the NRA demands to speak with a member of Congress that interaction is tantamount to life in DC.




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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Paul Ryan Proves He Is A Gun Money Taker


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Crooks & Liars

Texas Shooting? Paul Ryan Blames 'Secular Left' For 'Dividing America'

Hey Paul Ryan, speaking as a church-going liberal who has a Master's Degree from a Divinity School, why don't you come over here and bite my butt? Transcript via TPM: "[Thoughts and prayers] is the right thing to do in moments like this because, you know what? Prayer works," he said. "And I know you believe…
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Monday, July 3, 2017

NRA Appeal To White Supremacists






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and developed by BillMoyers.com Staff."


NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and Armed Insurrection




The gun lobby's new "recruitment ad" is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear.
BY BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP | JUNE 29, 2017


Take a look at the ad below and ask whether the National Rifle Association can go any lower. Ponder this flagrant call for violence, this insidious advocacy of hate delivered with a sneer, this threat of civil war, this despicable use of propaganda to arouse rebellion against the rule of law and the ideals of democracy.

On the surface this is a recruitment video for the National Rifle Association. But what you are really about to see is a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, each word and image deliberately chosen to stir the feral instincts of troubled souls who lash out in anger and fear:



Disgusting. Dishonorable. Dangerous. But also deliberate. Everything deplored by the NRA in the ad is committed by “they” — a classic manipulation turning anyone who disagrees with your point of view into “The Other” — something alien, evil, foreign. 

“They use their media to assassinate real news,” “They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler,” “They use theirmovie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again.”

“And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.”

Well, we all know who “they” are, don’t we? This is the vitriol that has been spewed like garbage since the days of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, blasted from lynch mobs and demagogues and fascistic factions of political parties that turn racial and religious minorities into grotesque caricatures, the better to demean and diminish and dominate.

It is the nature of such malevolent human beings to hate those whom they have injured, and the NRA has enabled more injury to more marginalized and vulnerable people than can be imagined. Note how the words “guns” or “firearms” are never mentioned once in the ad and yet we know that the NRA is death on steroids. And behind it are the arms merchants — the gun makers and gun sellers — who profit from selling automatic rifles to deranged people who shoot down politicians playing intramural baseball, or slaughter children in their classrooms in schools named Sandy Hook, or who massacre black folks at Bible study in a Charleston church, or murderously infiltrate a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Watching this expertly produced ad, we thought of how the Nazis produced slick propaganda like this to demonize the Jews, round up gypsies and homosexuals, foment mobs, burn books, crush critics, justify torture and incite support for state violence.

It’s the crack in the Liberty Bell, this ad: the dropped stitch in the American flag, the dregs at the bottom of the cup of freedom. It’s a Trump-sized lie invoked to bolster his base, discredit critics, end dissent. Joseph McCarthy must be smiling in hell at such a powerful incarnation on earth of his wretched, twisted soul.

With this savage ad, every Democrat, every liberal, every person of color, every immigrant or anyone who carries a protest sign or raises a voice in disagreement becomes a target in the diseased mind of some tormented viewer. Heavily armed Americans are encouraged to lock and load and be ready for the ballistic solution to any who oppose the systematic looting of Washington by an authoritarian regime led by a deeply disturbed barracuda of a man who tweets personal insults, throws tantrums and degrades everything he touches.

Look again at the ad. Ask yourself: What kind of fools are they at the NRA to turn America into a killing ground for sport? To be choked with hate is a terrible fate, and it is worst for those on whom it is visited.

Take one more look, and ask: Why do they get away with it? What is happening to us? How long do we have before the fire this time?

This piece originally published on Bill Moyers & Company dot com.  reposting or reprinting of this piece must be accompanied via a permission visit to the original website.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

The NRA Joins Boehner's Select Committee Fundraising Via "Pajama Boys" And Nigerian Abductions


Conservatives really should put a check on their money-making from human tragedy and horror. The NRA uses Nigerian abductions to advance propaganda, while Boehner's Fundraising "Select" Benghazi Committee, fund raises from the depths of insensitivity.

NRA uses Nigerian girls’ abduction to promote itself and slam ‘Pajama Boy’ liberals (via Raw Story )
The National Rifle Association has seized upon the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls as a means of promoting itself and slamming liberals as soft, weak people who watch MSNBC talk show host Chris Hayes. Media Matters reported Saturday…

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sarah Palin: ID Bracelets? Does She Talk To TheTooth Fairy?


I know, why bother to go here? 

Well, if we do not you go here, we may hear this garbage from someone without opportunity to declare it false. You already knew it was false. Of course, but the gullible fool who repeated the drivel may not share your scope of knowledge and inclination to question Palin's "stuff." 

Palin is a major carnival barker. She knows uttering such babble enhances potential for garnering six figure speaking fees and she delivers. One has to appeal to and give to their audience. Well, Palin's utterances fall on ears that welcome the drivel. A fact that speaks volumes about her audience.
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
George Bancroft

Palin

Says Attorney General Eric Holder recently revealed "this idea to have government have gun owners wear special bracelets that would identify you as a gun owner."

Sarah Palin on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 in speech to the NRA convention

Sarah Palin: Eric Holder wants gun owners to wear ID bracelets

"Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists" was not the only questionable thing Sarah Palin said during her recent speech to National Rifle Association enthusiasts.
In stirring up concerns about gun rights, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee turned conservative rabble-rouser misrepresented comments from Attorney General Eric Holder about investments in smart-gun technology.
"Every day we are seeing more and more efforts to strip away our Second Amendment rights," Palin told the corwd. "They are trying," she said, before leading into her about Holder.
"Recently, he reveals this idea to have government have gun owners wear bracelets, special bracelets, that would identify you as a gun owner," Palin said. "Well, hey, Holder, you don't want to go there, buddy."
There is more to the story than Holder wanting gun owners to wear identifying bracelets.
Holder’s comments on gun bracelets
Holder uttered the words "guns" and "bracelet" before a House appropriations subcommittee on April 4, 2014, as he testified about his agency’s 2015 budget request. U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., asked Holder about requested grants to "encourage development of innovative gun safety technology." Holder explained the grant request stems from a White House-driven meeting amid talk of gun regulation reforms.
"We talked about how guns can be made more safe by making them either through fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.

"It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, while at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis, you know, where people, kids especially, are struck down by ..."
Harris cut him off, saying "sure, no one wants that to occur," and moved on.

Holder’s comment about new gun technology was picked up a few days later in an April 7 Washington Free Beacon story under the headline, "Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets." From there, it was picked up by Fox NewsInfoWarsTownhall.com and the National Rifle Association, among others. In each case, the coverage focused on the idea of "gun tracking bracelets."

But the technology doesn’t track gun owners, and it doesn’t always require a bracelet.
Smart guns and the Department of Justice
Holder had smart guns on his mind because of President Barack Obama and reforms he sought after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
Obama directed Holder, via one of 23 executive orders, to release a report on gun safety technology "and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies." As he mentioned in his testimony, the department’s National Institute of Justice released a report in June 2013 assessing the marketplace, and Holder chaired a meeting with industry leaders and experts at the White House.

Smart guns are also called "owner-authorized guns," "childproof guns" and "personalized guns." Basically, these are firearms made with electronic chips and sensors that can discern an authorized user from an unauthorized user. The gun will fire if it recognizes the owner and won’t if the owner is not recognized.

Some high-tech models include a fingerprint reader that works kind of like the one in new iPhones (or James Bond’s personalized gun in Skyfall). Other models include the capability to read a radio signal from a transmitter embedded into a bracelet, ring, watch or pin worn by the gun owner, or even a chip implanted in the hand.

"If that is within a certain programmed distance to the gun, the gun mechanically makes itself operable," said Stephen Teret, a smart-gun proponent, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Center for Law and the Public’s Health. "If it’s not within a certain distance, the gun won't work."

So the short signals emitted in smart-gun technology do not function like GPS on mobile phones and other devices. The lack of GPS technology would prevent the government from identifying and tracking gun owners, should the government try, said Mike Bazinet, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearm and ammunition trade group. Bazinet noted that doesn't mean the group isn't concerned about that prospect.

The technology could require a bracelet. It could also require a watch, a ring, a pin, or even just a fingerprint, experts say.
The point is there is no plan to identify gun owners with a "scarlet letter" bracelet.
Origins and controversies
Teret says the earliest smart gun was developed by Smith & Wesson in the 1880s. The manufacturer added a metal lever to the back of its handguns, requiring a person to press the the lever and the trigger at the same time to fire the weapon. A child’s hand would be too small to do that, thus preventing accidental injuries and deaths.

Manufacturers started thinking about incorporating electronics into guns in the early 1990s to make them safer. The concept had support from the Bill Clinton administration, lost steam during the George W. Bush years, and then re-emerged after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings under Obama, Teret said.

International companies, such as Armatix in Germany and TriggerSmart in Ireland, are ahead of the curve, thanks in part to less political resistance, Teret said. But there is technology emerging in the United States. Utah-based Kodiak Industries is offering the Intelligun, a fingerprint-locking system installed onto a 1911-style, .45 caliber pistol, for $399.

This year, a California gun retailer told the Washington Post he planned to sell the Armatix iP1 .22 caliber pistol, an $1,800 product that works with a black stopwatch and PIN code that emits radio signals to the gun when worn by the right user. It was supposed to be the first smart gun sold in the United States, but the owner and Armatix representative received backlash from gun rights activists, and the plans were scrapped.

Here’s what the iP1 looks like:
It’s not the development of smart guns that concerns the firearms industry, Bazinet said. It’s government’s embrace of them. A New Jersey law, the only one of its kind, requires after three years from the first smart gun being sold in the United States that all new guns sold in the state be built with this technology.

To Bazinet, smart guns won’t be ready for mass use until police forces are using them. His group has warned about defective guns and dead batteries while saying consumers should be able to buy them if they want.

Of course, none of this information changes the veracity of Palin’s comments about ID bracelets for gun owners. It just shows how wrong she was.

Emails to Palin’s political action committee were not returned.
Our ruling
According to Palin, Holder recently revealed "this idea to have government have gun owners wear bracelets, special bracelets, that would identify you as a gun owner."

That’s far from the truth.

Holder said he wants the federal government to explore gun safety measures, including smart-gun technology that would prevent weapons from being fired by anyone except their rightful owner.

The comment in question came as he explained why his agency is seeking federal money for grants to spur research into safer guns. He listed fingerprint identification and the gun talking "to a bracelet or something that you might wear" as tools that could prevent a gun owner’s firearm from being used by someone else. Some smart guns are powered by bracelets with embedded radio signal transmitters, but that’s just one way this could work.

The purpose of accessories worn in order to fire a smart gun is not to help the government track owners or identify them (again, Holder is pursuing no such policy). The goal of the emerging technology is to minimize shootings caused by suicides, children or stolen guns.

We rate Palin’s claim False.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Palin At The NRA: Sad, Pathetic, Motive and International Law



Will this fifteen minutes of fame ever expire?


Palin speech at the annual NRA conference.  
Sad, Pathetic, Motive and International Law.
"Do unto others as you would not have them do unto you!"


The Effective Contractee

While developing and delivering an effective speech, it is important to know and remember. Effectiveness fits in a tight sphere. There are no "rocket science" formulas to move your speech to the level of the stratospheric that isn't already available to the speech developer. As a public speaking coach, the following list guides all of my instruction.


Even exhibitions like the "gift" Mitch McConnell offered to a fellow member of Congress as he approached his turn at the CPAC circus call event will not ensure great speech delivery. However, the prop certainly worked to place the audience in a state of mind typical among many on the political Right"...leave our guns alone."

If the speaker contracts at the six figure level, performance is not only requisite it is sine qua non (si-ni-ˌkwä-ˈnän). These basic rules and tips will ensure more contracts.

Key PointsThe Smart Speakers Deliverables
Point OnePrepare with a focus on "audience centrism." Topic, time, entertain or inform, satisfy your contract holder.

Point TwoContent focus and listener satiation.

Point Three"Audience Centrism" [WIIFM] What's In It For Me! What do they want? What do they need? What will excite? What will inform? What is the "listener take away" 

Point Four
Deliver with a flare

Point Five
Sell, Sell, sell.... Also deliver for your contract holder. They will schedule you in the future. 

Point 
Six
Accessibility!  Make certain your demeanor and your aura fits comfortable interaction for those who will surely come-up after the speech for a handshake (always happens).  They might hold the next prospect for contract .


Now why are the six poitns relevant and worthy of the read?  I mentioned Sarah Palin above, did I not? Can you imagine where I am headed? 


Palin again spoke at the NRA annual conference and espoused and went braggadocios about international torture: water-boarding. As you read the Liberaland piece below, consider the source. Consider securing six figure speaking engagements and consider the psyche of a person who kills animals for sport and will hang a Bear trophy on a sofa.  A bear trophy on the back of a sofa! Also consider the "points" delineated above and "motive."  

As your read the following, remember water-boarding was reported to have proven unproductive in extracting key national security related information for prisoners (that the US calls detainees). KSM was water-boarded 183 times reportedly to secure a connection between 9/11 and Saddam. KSM torture (water-boarding) yielded no INTEL of value. Water-boarding 183 times fits Albert Einstein's famous quote: "Doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results is insane." I offer a Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld perspective: water-boarding as an exercise of power, torment and as fun.

USA Today



Senate report: Waterboarding didn't lead to Osama bin Laden


The most high-profile detainee linked to the bin Laden investigation was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused Sept. 11 mastermind who was waterboarded 183 times. Mohammed, intelligence officials have noted, confirmed after his 2003 capture that he knew an important al-Qaeda courier with the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.
The Senate report concludes such information wasn't critical, according to the aides. Mohammed only discussed al-Kuwaiti months after being water-boarded, while he was under standard interrogation, they said. And Mohammed neither acknowledged al-Kuwaiti's significance nor provided interrogators with the courier's real name.
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George W. Bush today cannot travel to certain European nations based on indictments for internal torture. Yet, Palin climbed up on the NRA stage and followed the "Key Point" script tabled above  while feeding the horde of gun-totters the "WIIFM" they so cherish. 


Sarah Palin At NRA: ‘Waterboarding Is How We Baptize Terrorists’ (via Liberaland)
So, not only is waterboarding acceptable, it is a religious rite, so that we can make terrorists into Christians. There is so much wrong with this statement, that unpacking it is a waste of time. Just on its surface it shows how a certain mindset works…




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