Posts Tagged ‘crazy’

ZOMG Prisonerz!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Harry Reid explains why he opposes having Guantanamo inmates transferred to American prisons:

REID: I’m saying that the United States Senate, Democrats and Republicans, do not want terrorists to be released in the United States. That’s very clear.

QUESTION: No one’s talking about releasing them. We’re talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.

REID: Can’t put them in prison unless you release them.

QUESTION: Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? …

REID: I can’t make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States.

(via ThinkProgress)

I’m in awe of how spectacularly stupid this whole thing is. Prisoners hold dangerous people. We have more prisoners per capita than any other country in the world- there are plenty of places to go. We keep acting like terrorists are superhuman, we keep elevating them with stuff like this. I’m shocked that this faux-fear is still an issue and is seemingly having political consequences. As the questioner says, “No one’s talking about releasing them”, but that’s the position against which they keep arguing!

Greenwald has a good post on this subject, starting with:

The “debate” over all the bad and scary things that will happen if Obama closes Guantanamo and we then incarcerate those detainees in American prisons is so painfully stupid even by the standards of our political discourse that it’s hard to put into words

And for some evidence:

How utterly irrational is that fear? For one thing, it’s empirically disproven. Anyone with the most minimal amount of rationality would look at the fact that we have already convicted numerous alleged high-level Al Qaeda Terrorists in our civilian court system (something we’re now being told can’t be done) — including the cast of villains known as the Blind Shiekh a.k.a. Mastermind of the First World Trade Center Attack, the Shoe Bomber, the Dirty Bomber, the American Taliban, the 20th Hijacker, and many more — and are imprisoning them right now in American prisons located in various communities.

Weird

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Reihan Salam reads a Pew poll:

“of voters who approve of Obama’s job performance, 7 percent believe that he’s a Muslim”

Take it to the bank

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Bank robbery on April 15:

San Francisco police today asked for the public’s help in finding a bank robbery suspect who reportedly told a bank manager he was angry about corporate bailouts.

According to the article, the robber was “smiling throughout the encounter”, which is creepy.

Just keep walking

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The most spectacularly stupid thing I’ve heard this month, if not year, goes to Peggy Noonan:

Her quote in the discussion about whether or not to investigate war crimes:

“Sometimes in life you want to just keep walking, Sometimes, I think, just keep walking…. Some of life just has to be mysterious.”

She’s certainly not the only person to express this, but the way she expressed it is exceptionally mindless. I’m at a loss for words to express the magnitude of this.

Obama had a similar outlook. NYT:

Mr. Obama condemned what he called a “dark and painful chapter in our history” and said that the interrogation techniques would never be used again. But he also repeated his opposition to a lengthy inquiry into the program, saying that “nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

In fact, “laying blame for the past” is the point of the Judicial system, which is one of the branches of government, as you may have heard. Our laws and treaties are meaningless unless we enforce them. We live in a country with the highest incarceration rate in the world, but suddenly we think that war crimes are not worthy investigation? Seriously?

Also, shouldn’t the torture defenders be advocating our withdrawal from the UN Convention on Torture? If we aren’t going to adhere to it, why bother? How can we expect other countries to follow a standard we don’t?

We’re still prosecuting Nazi war criminals, FWIW.

I’m much more certain about this issue than I used to be. We’re a country of laws, not a country of men. And for you tea-partiers: unchecked executive power is a lot closer to tyranny than Clinton-level tax rates.

Easter pictures

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Last Sunday I went to Baker Beach and the 2009 Bring Your Own Big Wheel (warning: link has annoying music). This was the first time I’d been to the big wheel race. It’s basically (mostly) adults on children’s big wheel bikes careening down a steep, twisted street on Portrero Hill. In costumes, of course.

Here’s my favorite picture, mostly because of Elmo’s expression:

Watching the race was a lot of fun. Wheels were flying off all over the place, people careened into each other, and the costumes were very entertaining. My favorite costumes were Elmo, duct tape Transformer, bubble wrap guy, and the guy wearing chain mail (you know, for safety).

Here’s the whole set:

I took some videos, as well, but they didn’t come out too well.

“My, what a lovely tea party”

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

I don’t have anything to say about “Tea Parties” that Jon Stewart didn’t already say better than I could:

Second, I really enjoyed John Oliver’s segment interviewing people in New Jersey. I thought his angle was really clever:

The Funny One

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Reading some craigslist listings today reminded me of a housing post that Girts and I found quite entertaining a while ago. I saved it for posterity.. here it is in full, unedited:

Depends on where you work. Good job, good hygene, quite environment, will be your next rental venture here. Easily maintained yard. Rent includes washer/dryer, refrigerators and freezer in 2 car garage, all electric kitchen, 4 bedrooms carpeted light brown, 2 baths, hardwood floors of oak, storage locker in backyard, clothes line, fruit trees, gardener if needed and large driveway for 3 cars.
Renting a house depends on affording a lavish life style. Will never rent to dog owners. Must e-mail phone number, with who you work with as in what company. Make number your work number, motel or friends place, not some asia number not Russia either. If you are the funny one, no rental here. Must be the primary party to rent. 1 year lease. $3000 per month + DEP.

We never really figured out what the author was trying to say with “the funny one”, but I now think that it meant that you couldn’t have parties there or something. Or maybe they just hate comedy.

Will Power

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’s will reads like a parody. My favorite part:

d. That one of my eyes be removed, mounted, and delivered to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a reminder that PETA will continue to be watching the agency until it stops poisoning and torturing animals in useless and cruel experiments; that the other is to be used as PETA sees fit;

I can imagine being her successor and having to hold a meeting to figure out what to do with the other eye…

Religious violence

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A disturbing story from Denver:

A 24-year-old ski lift operator who fatally shot the general manager of the Eldora ski area was determined to kill co-workers who weren’t Christian, according to court records obtained Thursday.

(via)

And Catholic apparently qualified as “not Christian”. When I read this story, I couldn’t help but think back to the Sept 2001 Onion article God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule:

“Look, I don’t know, maybe I haven’t made myself completely clear, so for the record, here it is again,” said the Lord, His divine face betraying visible emotion during a press conference near the site of the fallen Twin Towers. “Somehow, people keep coming up with the idea that I want them to kill their neighbor. Well, I don’t. And to be honest, I’m really getting sick and tired of it. Get it straight. Not only do I not want anybody to kill anyone, but I specifically commanded you not to, in really simple terms that anybody ought to be able to understand.”

Illogical

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Taliban say Obama’s call on moderates “illogical”

Thanks, Taliban Spock!

(OK, I couldn’t find one with a full beard)