Okay, so it’s raining in Philly, and the country is fucked. But that can’t keep us from having fun. What are you doing this weekend?
I received a good public education. It was a Cold War education. There were two things that my education succeeded in instilling in me.
First, you’ve got to be nuts to admit that you don’t believe in the Biblical God. And, second, you’ve got to be a crazed lunatic to believe in Marxist-Leninism. I believe the Cold War generations were so thoroughly indoctrinated into these two dogmas, that every politician understands and abides by the same wisdom.
George Washington could not tell a lie. Lincoln is known as ‘Honest Abe’. Santa Claus lives on 34th street. And George Bush is a resolute ‘compassionate’ conservative.
I love American myths. In fact, ironically, when I actually studied Washington and Lincoln, I gained respect for them. When I studied Martin Luther King, Jr., I gained respect for him. Even though I was quickly disabused of the saintly myths I had been taught about these historical figures, the truth was even more impressive than the lies.
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Since Armando is rightfully fixated on the filibuster fight, I thought I’d take a shot at critiquing David Brooks’s latest column.
Brooksie starts out by attacking the right-wing blogosphere to establish his bona fides as a centrist voice of reason. He assures the wingnuts that, “(w)hatever might have been the cause of (Newsweek’s) mistakes, liberalism had nothing to do with it.”
Then he sets his eyes on yours truly, and all our comrades on the left:
This, too, is unhinged. Would it be illegal for more people on the left to actually be happy that a story slurring Americans may turn out to be unproven? Could there be a few more liberals willing to admit that prisoners routinely lie about their treatment? (Do we expect them to say their time in captivity wasn’t so bad?)
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I’ve had time to read a lot of reaction to the article Susan and I wrote yesterday. I’ve also read plenty of right-wing reaction to the Newsweek story, more generally.
Here’s an example of the reaction I got from a reliable Democrat:
He went on to explain that he was very concerned about issues of due process, and whether the detainees at Gitmo were truly guilty, or a threat. But I couldn’t get past the “I do not care”.
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A BoomanTribune exclusive
These are dark times. Our government has engaged in acts so vile, so
inhumane, and so shameful, that we cannot allow the truth to be
published without it causing an international crisis.
published an account that “interrogators, in an attempt to rattle
suspects, flushed a Qur’an down a toilet and led a detainee around with
a collar and dog leash”, they were not breaking any news.
this sort have been in the public square for over two years (see
The only novelty to Newsweek’s report was that a ‘senior U.S.
government official’, who was knowledgeable about Southern Command’s
investigation into Gitmo abuse, verified it. This anonymous source has
since backtracked on a very specific aspect of the story.
Jesus Hubert H. Humphrey Christ, I am tired. I’ve been working all day, doing interviews, corresponding by email, making phone calls, talking to my programmer, making plans…
Susan and I are going to unveil our reaction to this Newsweek story soon. Probably in the morning…if I ever wake up.
Meanwhile, all you Tribbers around the big old goofy world, tell us what’s going on in your neck of the woods.