"Since we can't deal with talking about how badly our culture and our society are broken, we instead look for easy answers to secondary problems. An overabundance of criminals is a secondary problem of a broken society."
The nice thing about being simple is that when Dick Cheney tells you that water-boarding isn't really torture, you can believe him. Just like when he told you that of all the candidates Dick interviewed, Dick had decided that Dick would make the best Vice President. Bush's philosophy to governance was to put "good people" in positions and then do whatever they said. Cheney realized from the get-go that Bush didn't care or understand the issues enough to push back on much.
"According to CIA records, no CIA officer, up to and including CIA Directors George Tenet and Porter Goss, briefed the president on the specific CIA enhanced interrogation techniques before April 2006. By that time, 38 of the 39 detainees identified as having been subjected to the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques had already been subjected to the techniques.”
To show you just how curious Bush was, he wasn't briefed until 2006 despite the fact that the Abu Gharib story broke in 2004, as did the first story about water boarding. According to Wikipedia:
The verb-noun waterboarding dates from 2004. First appearance of the term in the mass media was in a New York Times article on 13 May 2004:
In the case of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a high-level detainee who is believed to have helped plan the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, C.I.A. interrogators used graduated levels of force, including a technique known as 'water boarding', in which a prisoner is strapped down, forcibly pushed under water and made to believe he might drown.
Put Hot Wheels in the old AMF bowling alley on Hwy 17 in West Ashely! I'm in tears over this. I love Hot Wheels and the Halter family. They are wonderful business owners. This is a true travesty.
More like 30 years. I had a birthday party there in the early '80s.
That's a real shame.
Indubitably, Mr. Kid. It's a cash crop that can supply material for a wide array of products, including pulp for the paper mills. As your attorney, I advise you to spark up a fatty this instant and program your DVR for the show Pot Barons of Colorado. For the children and their future.
Well, Bush adamantly and angrily denied torture reports as recently as 2007.
Wait--he's receiving praise for buying elections and participating in the corrupt system of government?
Did he really just decry government transparency because backroom deals are no longer used to 'get shit done?'
Why is this asshole being given a hero's welcome?
Also: "Crossfit and Promise Keepers?" So he's a bigot that can't do a real pullup?
No, please. Stay in Columbia. We don't want you here.
No, no, no, no, no. There is no moral equivalency to what Obama, Bush, and Clinton have done in the name of national security and what Dick Cheney and the CIA did. Dick Cheney and the CIA directors are the war criminals here. Bush wasn't even briefed on this stuff until 2006! Meanwhile, Cheney was busy hiding things from Colin Powell and leaking classified documents to the NYT to make a false case to go to war in Iraq that got thousands of Americans killed. But apparently Snowden is the arch-criminal who is forced to flee to Russia for putting American lives at risk by revealing all this illegal shit?
We cannot brush this off as if it was okay or reasonable to preemptively start a war based on lies wrought from torture victims. Dick Cheney was out there telling people that Saddam Hussein bombed us on 9/11. We must set an example for the whole world to follow Cheney should be given a fair trial and then executed. Same with the CIA director who was so sure that what he was doing was legal that he burned all the video evidence. Justice has not been served. Pardons are the minimum needed so as to at least clearly and publicly identify the criminals.
And there is no mystery as to why the report is coming out now. In three weeks the Republicans would have stepped on it and not let it out. The question is not why Democrats wanted to get it out, the question is why Republicans like Sen. Peabody are not outraged at this illegal behavior. They get outraged at everything else. Why are they not demanding Cheney take personal responsibility for the loss of American prestige and increased threats to our safety abroad.
I don't know how he managed to whine about this without bringing up Benghazi.
I would express amazement at how this dipshit is re-elected year-in and year-out, but then I remember that all you need to be elected in SC is a room temperature IQ and an R next to your name.
So when would have/ would be a better time to release this report?
You would think Mr. Graham would at least tell us this.
Also Mr. Pimp, think of the revenue generated for the small family farms who elect to grow the biggest cash crop they have ever seen. Currently all of them are struggling to survive. The benefits all around are enormous. As my legal rep, you would, of course be invited in as a investor on the ground floor of my Reefer Emporium to be located in a high traffic area. (Or it will be high traffic once opened)
If it was up to me, Obama, Bush, and Clinton would all be tried for war crimes. We should not be in the business of dropping bombs on /shooting missiles at civilian populations. I don't care if the terrorists are hiding there or not. It's not only immoral, it's just lazy and cowardly.
I have no problem legalizing mary jane, but I am happy that local property taxes pay for local schools. This creates direct accountability for teachers and administrators.
Small farming towns in America have been wrestling with the problem of lack of funding for infrastructure for decades. Farm-Aid, anyone? These towns are dying because farming is now largely done by machines and nobody new is moving into these communities. It's not like improving the text books in schools will entice anyone to move to the corridor of shame and start a business. The people in these small communities need to move to larger cities in the area if they want better schools (Columbia, Orangeburg, Florence, etc). Why should the state waste money on rural infrastructure that few people need today and nobody will need in another 20 years?
Maybe the future for these rural students is online classes. Technology should be making education cheaper, not more expensive. If outside investment is required for education in this area of the state, I think the focus should be limited to expanding broadband access and not on building physical structures.
Legalize marijuana, tax sales, and use the money to provide free high-speed wi-fi to everyone in the state. Now you've created a situation where everyone benefits. The overall tax burden is lowered because we no longer spend so much on the war on drugs. Every home and business just reduced their monthly bills, and so the cost of business/living becomes comparatively lower than surrounding states, increasing incentives to relocate to SC. And finally, online classes would become a viable alternative to traditional classrooms at every education level.
Great Band! Check them out!
Artrogue, those issues exist everywhere, yet there are lots of high-performing public schools across the country. I'm not saying funding is a silver bullet for poor performance, but it can make a difference. When I volunteered at an elementary school in rural Hollywood, SC, the 4th grade teacher was in her second year and her class had 26 children in it, down from 28 at the beginning of the year. It's hard to make progress in that environment, and funding can be a part of the solution. My public education shared nothing with that environment, and it most certainly made a difference to have funding that allowed smaller class sizes, more experienced teachers, etc.
I don't want to put words in your mouth, but it seems like you're saying that SC simply has the laziest children and parents in the nation and that is the sole reason why so many of our public schools are terrible. Is that right? I saw children in that classroom in Hollywood who were not lazy, who were interested and wanted to do well, but I saw that their chances of success were severely hampered by their environment.
As for weed taxes helping social causes? Duh. Tons of weed is smoked here. Regulating it and taxing it would help fund all kinds of things. How about our crumbling transportation infrastructure?
And, since druggies don't go to church; when the houses of superstition complain tell them to STFU.
De-criminalizing drug possession and use would go a long way towards lessening this problem.
Start with marijuana, see how things go then proceed from there.
Of course, this eliminates job security for a whole slew of police, prosecutors, lawyers DEA people and those durn corporate run prisons mentioned by Mat.
Hahaha Mat, they lost me at "Mark Sanford spokesman" a couple paragraphs up.
Whether a student is white, black, orange or polka-dot and whether he’s poor or rich, there are some minimum requirements that must be met in order for him to do well in school.
Someone must make the student do his homework.
Someone must see to it that he gets eight to nine hours of sleep.
Someone has to fix him a wholesome breakfast and ensure that he gets to
school on time and respects and obeys teachers.
Which one of those basic requirements can be accomplished through weed taxes? a lottery?..or even a bottomless barrel of money?
a presidential executive order?
a congressional mandate or the edict of a mayor?
a superintendent of schools or a teacher?
If those basic requirements aren't met, whatever else that is done in the name of education is for naught.
Had the worst experience today. I paid for a hand wash / wax for $25.00 only to get a hand wash ONLY. A couple of months ago, I purchased a hand wash / wax for the same amount $25.00. Today, the Mgr Will, refused to wax the car stating that $25.00 was for the hand wash only. NOT RIGHT. Bait and switch....I think so. You can go thru the machine in the same amount of time, and you get WAX. The finish team does the vacuum and windows in either case....why spend the extra money only to get scammed.
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