by Teh Nutroots | Sometimes Freedom Really Is Just Another Word for "Nothing Left to Lose." And Sometimes It Ain't. Will the media finally start calling out GOP officials as the buffoons they are? Sen. Jim DeMint of SC recently remarked to Rick Sanchez of CNN, in response to a question about whether Specter was right about Republican party shrinkage: "“Quite the opposite. We’re seeing across the country right now that the biggest tent of all is the tent of freedom.” Sanchez then stopped DeMint, demanding, “What the hell does that mean? The ‘biggest tent’ is ‘freedom’? Freedom? You’ve got to do better than that!”" Ha ha ha ha. (See him say it here).
So yeah, that was risible. But Thers' response at Whiskey Fire to Jim DeMint's claim that the Republican's "big tent of freedom" is the biggest that anyone ever did see is best:
Yes, Jim, AND IT'S IN MY PANTS.
Eyes up, Jim. Eyes up. Thank you.
Look away, Dixieland.
"183 Pours." Joseph Abrams of Fox News was shocked -- shocked! -- by the "gross exaggeration" that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times, when the reality was that there weren't 183 separate occasions. All it was, see, was that they poured water into his respiratory system 183 times -- lots of times on the same occasion, keeping him strapped to the waterboard the whole time. Each of the 183 pours lasted "a matter of seconds." A US official explained this to him in order to demonstrate how far left liberals were distorting the facts.
So, U.S. officials who speak to Fox News on background have chosen to count waterboarding attempts by the number of sessions, not number of pours.
It's the equivalent of mentally counting a bag of potato chips as a one serving, no matter how big the bag is.
I really think it's way past time for every official or pundit who thinks waterboarding isn't torture, or that 183 pours isn't excessive even for torture, should be required to put his own individual blowhole on the line by letting himself be waterboarded, with each individual "pour" -- as many as he can take -- recorded and subsequently posted on You Tube to prove his point. If Hitchens could do it, I see no reason why Abrams can't.
If they still want to maintain after that that waterboarding isn't torture or that 183 pours is different from 183 waterboardings, I might actually listen.
Anyway, Tintin at Sadly, No gets the last word:
This new innovation in wingnut arithmetic has many useful applications. As in: “Your honor, I didn’t shoot my wife 53 times, I only shot her once with 53 bullets.” Or: “Mirengoff hasn’t said 500 stupid things. Instead he wrote 100 blog posts with 5 stupid things in each.”
Let Them Eat Keds. Contra Taylor Marsh, you don't have to be a wingnut to wince a bit at Michelle Obama's turning up at an event designed to raise money for a Food Bank wearing $500 trainers from France. Michelle ain't Oprah. During the recession, maybe she should lead the fashion for frugality. Just a thought...
Fausta would like for you to take the following fashion intelligence test:
b. Feeding America food bank
c. $540 Lanvin sneakers.....
If you go to the Feeding America Food Bank website and click on the Fill A Magic Summer Lunchbox, you can
Fill a Magic Summer Lunchbox and help feed a child all summer long for only $36!
$540 ÷ $36 = 15 children.
Puritanism for the Turn of the Millennium. I've just about come to the end of my patience with Bill Maher's weekly rants about fat Americans who are killing themselves with food. It's astonishing to me how much Yanks love beating up the self-indulgent who disgust them with the Shillelagh of "I'm only saying this for your own good." Paul Campos at LGM remarks:
This argument is wrong-headed on a whole bunch of levels. In particular it assumes that people get sick primarily because of their lifestyle habits, when in point of fact people get sick mainly because they get old. And old peoples' health care costs a lot. But an even bigger problem is the assumption that improving peoples' health means their health care will end up costing less.
Indeed, consider the one item on this agenda that would actually improve public health: decreasing smoking rates...As for the other stuff, it's been 90 years since Prohibition and the spiritual descendants of Carrie Nation are very much with us. When a smart guy like Yglesias simply assumes that alcohol consumption is a net negative to society it's easier to understand how this nation's insane drug policies remain so difficult to reform. It should be unnecessary to point out that alcohol seems to have a markedly beneficial effect on the health, even narrowly defined, of moderate drinkers. This doesn't even take into account that drinking produces enormous amounts of pleasure, which of course is why the puritans hate it so much.
Poetic license. Britain has a new poet laureate, and for the first time in the 400 years Britain's had, he's a woman called Carol Ann Duffy. I'm a progressive so I always do like progress, without needing to be convinced in any way that Duffy is Britain's most outstanding poet.
It's rather clear in any case that the pick really should have been the author of Brit Blog Blood and Treasure, who wrote:
Looking for a man to repair the fridge
When I got a commission for the Queen is Dead Blues
It shook me to the depths of my sensible shoes.
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