Via Michael Cohen, here’s the part of Article 88 of the Uniform Code which deals with insubordination: Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth,…Read More Unambiguous
Larison considers the world reaction to Israel’s incompetent attack on the flotilla, and nails the big lesson for Israel: Regardless, Gelb should regard the outrage as a good sign. It means that most governments around the world have not resigned themselves to thinking of Israel as nothing more than a dangerous pariah. It will be…Read More The lesson for Bibi
The protestors keep saying that they want their country back. Sorry, my fellow small-governmenters, but this country is a democracy, and you didn’t lose your country, you just lost an election. You had your chance for eight years. You blew it, and you lost. What Obama is doing is what he was elected to do.…Read More "You didn't lose your country, you just lost an election"
Russell Blackford takes on Terry Eagleton’s bullshit, and in doing so gives us a particularly good definition of liberal tolerance: A liberal is not someone who takes the contorted view that her own viewpoint is no better than others on offer (that would be a vulgar and implausible sort of relativism). She is someone who…Read More Defining "liberal tolerance"
More from Andrew Sullivan on the torture memos: If you want to know how democracies die, read these memos. Read how gifted professionals in the CIA were able to convince experienced doctors that what they were doing was ethical and legal. Read how American psychologists were able to find justifications for the imposition of psychological…Read More "Never again"
I’ve just been reading the torture memos which the Obama administration has released. Read them yourself – please. I’m not sure that I trust myself to describe my reactions, but Andrew certainly speaks for me: Bybee is not representing justice in this memo. He is representing the president. And the president is seeking to commit…Read More The torture memos
Congress approved landmark legislation today that opens the door for a new era on Wall Street in which commercial banks, securities houses and insurers will find it easier and cheaper to enter one another’s businesses. The measure, considered by many the most important banking legislation in 66 years, was approved in the Senate by a…Read More Uncanny prescience
Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly waxes incredulous at Rush Limbaugh’s latest piece of… well, treason is about the only word for it: The right-wing host went on a similar tirade yesterday when talking about the economic recovery package: “I want everything he’s doing to fail… I want the stimulus package to fail…. I do…Read More "I want everything he does to fail"
Digby at Hullabaloo: But the fact that the white house consciously and knowingly used anal rape to control, interrogate and punish prisoners and went to some length to protect those who were doing it from scrutiny, still has the power to stun me. Are we really just going to let this stuff go? Really?Read More Are there any limits?
[w]hen the GOP enforces a party line vote against the stimulus bill and then goes on Sunday morning talk shows to complain about the lack of bipartisanship in the White House, itâ€™s like a shopkeeper complaining that heâ€™s got no sales while heâ€™s waving a gun at anyone who tries to enter the store. John…Read More Quote of the day