I’m Still Here


Having something of a family emergency, so I’ve been unable to write much. Please go ahead and discuss whatever.

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  1. Chief  •  Dec 11, 2014 @11:00 pm

    I certainly hope every thing turns out Okay !

  2. Swami  •  Dec 12, 2014 @12:34 am

    Cheney is such an asshole that no matter how he ingests his food it would still be considered a rectal feeding.

  3. Swami  •  Dec 12, 2014 @8:24 am

    Well, we could always discuss the situation that’s going on with Bill Cosby.. He’s making Herman Cain look like a lightweight with 4 times the accusations lodged against him. And poor old Clarence… his first time out ended in a public shaming.

  4. goatherd  •  Dec 12, 2014 @9:00 am

    Yes, I am sure that we all hope for the emergency to pass without a regrettable incident.

    The release of the torture information has the potential to be a defining moment in our history. There is something unbearably ironic about some of the voices that condemn the release as undermining our moral standing. I suppose they think that crimes against humanity are okay as long as you can prevent them coming to light or have plausible deniability. Meanwhile, of course, they tout “personal responsibility” for, you know, little people.

    My father-in-law was flag rank naval intelligence officer from the days of the professional soldier rather than the “warrior.” He was the most ethical human being that I have ever known, and that fully extended to treatment of “the enemy” and non-combattants. He held torture as the both worst crime and the most useless. Torture will get you a confession, but, it won’t get you the truth.

    I am reminded of a rather grim BBC documentary on witches, which included some of the methods of interrogation. Their hideous absurdity is seldom matched. I wish they were the artifacts of another time.

  5. c u n d gulag  •  Dec 12, 2014 @9:36 am

    Ditto, on hoping that everything’s going to turn out ok!!!

  6. joanr16  •  Dec 12, 2014 @9:54 am

    Good luck with the family situation!

    And hey, what Swami said about Cheney. I want to advise Vlad Putin that, when aspiring to pure evil, he should watch The Dick closely and take copious notes. And resign himself to always placing second.

  7. Swami  •  Dec 12, 2014 @11:10 am

    What I find most disturbing about the torturing episodes is the fact that there are people still trying to defend it. America is awesome, isn’t it? It’s not a legal question, it’s a moral question. It brings to mind a statement by Thomas Paine regarding the abuses of torture and killing carried out by the church. He said something to the effect that once they’ve crossed the threshold of justification there isn’t any crime they are not capable of perpetrating. Basically, he’s saying that there is no moral restraint and they’ve become savages, much like our current crew of cretins. And that’s the way I view any defenders of this modern barbarism. But that doesn’t change the fact that as Americans …We’re awesome!

    Oh, I knew just by looking at that Hayden creep that he was a sicko. He probably spends his spare time pulling the wings off of butterflies. He’s a little melon head. Bunson Honeydew?

  8. Lynne  •  Dec 12, 2014 @12:05 pm

    I hope your family situation is positively resolved. The news lately turns my stomach, but is also illuminating.

  9. erinyes  •  Dec 12, 2014 @12:31 pm

    Maha, hope everything’s OK.
    Great comment goatherd.
    As far as Cheney goes, he is one evil somebitch. He weaseled his way through numerous administrations, made enormous amounts of money off war and suffering, got a free heart transplant, and now he’s a paid “fox anal-ist. If only joe six pack flag waving just getting by republican knew, there would be a revolution.
    Sodomy, no matter who orders it or carries out the order, is about as bad as it gets. If the American public could see what happened in Abu ghraib and in the numerous rendition sites, dick might be looking at being drawn and quatered

  10. csm  •  Dec 12, 2014 @4:24 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers with the family.

    Too many Dems on board for torture, Wall street tax pay days in the omnibus and silent on “I Can’t Breath.”

    Tom Harkin:

    “This: It’s my father’s WPA card,” Harkin said. “It says notice to report for work on a project, WPA form 402. It is to Patrick F. Harkin, Cuming, Iowa. You’re asked to report for work as a laborer for $40.30 per month. The date is four months to the day before I was born.”

    Whatever happened to THAT democratic party, and is it any chance we can get that back?

  11. Swami  •  Dec 12, 2014 @7:03 pm

    I have to amend that comment above about Clarence.. I just remembered he had 4 scorned women waiting in the Senate green room ready to give testimony about Clarence’s proclivities but for some unknown reason nobody was interested in what they had to say. I was probably thinking about Bill O’Reilly getting slammed on his first time out, or least on his first reported offence.

  12. Phaedrus  •  Dec 12, 2014 @9:49 pm

    Hope it comes out ok, MAHA

  13. Bill Bush  •  Dec 13, 2014 @9:39 am

    Best wishes for you, Maha B.
    And Swami, I send you a spiritual ba-da-boom! for the Cheney rectal feeding comment.

  14. erinyes  •  Dec 13, 2014 @10:46 am

    Good one swami.

  15. grannyeagle  •  Dec 13, 2014 @12:37 pm

    I have to agree with Swami, especially about Cheney. By the way, did he get his new heart free or did he pay for it? And how long will it take him to shrivel it up like he did the first one? I read somewhere that 9/11 changed him and he decided no more of this. Well, in the first place I don’t believe he changed, he just became more so and in the second place, it was not his decision to make. Oh, I forgot, Bush let him make all the decisions. Silly me.

  16. Swami  •  Dec 13, 2014 @4:33 pm

    Well. I’m going to a holiday festival parade today. I’m leaving all the sick twisted muck of politics behind for today and focus on goodness and light. From the moment I post this comment life for me will become like a Thomas Kinkade painting or a Hallmark home for the holidays commercial.

    But remaining on the dark side…I looked up hummus to find out what it was. I never heard of it before.. Wikipedia says it’s a Middle Eastern “cuisine”. That’s kind of ironic, huh? Just like mama used to make? Makes me wonder what the interrogators at Guantanamo put on the menu for dessert.
    “Oh ,goodie, we’re having Boston Cream pie for dessert!”

  17. Lynne  •  Dec 13, 2014 @5:38 pm

    Never heard of hummus? It’s a common snack in most places I’ve lived. My grandchildren ate a lot of it on crackers when they were very young. Nutritious. Look in the deli of your supermarket.

  18. Doug  •  Dec 13, 2014 @8:07 pm

    Barbara – Hope you are doing OK.

    Interesting stuff with Elizabeth Warren. The next two years will be chaotic, if this week was an indication. Occasionally, the GOP may get organized and tie a policy concession to an essential bill – and win. If they overreach and all dems oppose, the fractured nature of their coalition makes it unlikely they can do anything – even with a majority unless they have consensus. Orangman may have to play ball with dems for their votes to offset what he will lose if the TP rebels.

  19. Monty  •  Dec 14, 2014 @8:16 am
  20. erinyes  •  Dec 14, 2014 @7:35 pm

    Revelation is more perilous than revolution.
    And hummous is whirled peas. (Chick peas).

  21. grannyeagle  •  Dec 14, 2014 @8:48 pm

    Chickpeas–also known as garbanzo beans. Add some sesame oil, a little salt, voila hummus. At least I think that’s how it’s made. Anyway, it’s a good source of protein and delicious.

  22. grannyeagle  •  Dec 14, 2014 @8:49 pm

    Next time , I’ll tell you how to make mummy food.

  23. Swami  •  Dec 14, 2014 @9:07 pm

    Anyway, it’s a good source of protein and delicious.

    Well, in the case of the detainees I think “delicious” would be relative.

  24. goatherd  •  Dec 14, 2014 @9:49 pm

    I guess there are a number of different recipes for hummus. The first time I had it, it was made by an Israeli friend. He didn’t blend the oil in so much, just sort of splashed it over the chick peas, etc.

    The best recipe I ever got was from a Lebanese man. It was pretty simple, but great. You blend up the chick peas with tahini. I think the ratio was about 4 to 1 chick peas. You blend in olive oil until you get the consistency you want. The in his words, “you must put too much lemon.” By which he meant a generous amount of lemon juice. Garlic and or sun dried tomatoes to taste. Hot peppers also work.

    I think of hummus as Middle Eastern peanut butter. I used to eat it nearly every day until I had to cut back. It’s just too good.

  25. Swami  •  Dec 14, 2014 @10:40 pm

    I must have lead a sheltered life.. I never heard of Hummus until I read that they were serving it up at Guantanamo. I’ve heard of Haggis though, but I think haggis is something I would take a pass on if it was ever offered to me. It doesn’t sound very appetizing.

  26. Swami  •  Dec 15, 2014 @9:49 pm

    Here’s a refreshing read… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nash-grier/nash-grier-vine_b_6326600.html?utm_hp_ref=yahoo&ir=Yahoo

    Almost like Mitt Romney with his episode of homophobia when he was 15, except Mitt couldn’t reach down deep enough within his soul to confront his mistakes. I guess when you can’t face your mistakes you can always deny them, provided you see them as mistakes.. Right, Mitt!