Mar
29

Muchas Gracias Compadres

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

Spain has begun a criminal investigation into six of Bush and Cheney's torture lawyers, and our own Justice Department has got some 'splaining to do.

Mar
27

Duke Loses at Basketball and Law

Tag: Political Ideas

The Duke Law School Blog just coughed up this airball:

"Whatever else we might say about the signing statement that President Obama issued, each of its objections could be raised by a President who disagrees with [the] expansive theory of presidential power that the Bush Administration accepted."

That shot is rejected by a review of the objections Obama raised. No doubt Obama describes his expansive theory of presidential power in different words than Bush's VP's lawyers did, but his signing statement works the same way Bush's did. Taking something that we understand in practice and awaiting a description of it in theory is like trying to win a basketball game on the plane ride home.

Mar
27

Can Gingrich Save Us from Gay Secular Fascism?

Tag: Civil Rights

Not so long ago, I blogged about similarities and differences in struggles for rights for atheists and gays. Little did I know how misguided this w

Mar
27

It's a Shame We're All So Scared to Part With Our Beloved Health Insurance Companies

Tag: Health Care

If we weren't, there'd probably be a lot of us pushing for single-payer.

Oh, wait.

A strong majority of Americans keeps telling pollsters we want single-payer.

Mar
26

Townhall Talk and a New Way Forward

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Obama's Thursday "town hall" featuring questions submitted online produced some interesting comments from our president. In response to a question from college students he explained that making student loans directly from the government, without passing them through banks and giving profits to banks from public money, makes more sense. But he claimed that giving far more money than we've ever loaned to students to banks in hopes that they will loan it to businesses is the only way to save our economy.

Mar
26

Watching the Obama Online "Town Hall"

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Obama's "town hall" featuring questions submitted online produced some interesting comments from our president. In response to a question from college students he explained that making student loans directly, without passing them through banks and giving profits to banks from public money, makes more sense. But he claimed that giving far more money than we've ever loaned to students to banks to loan to businesses is the only way to save our economy.

Mar
25

Congress: Tell Them in Person April 4 - 19

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

It's just spring, when the world is puddle-wonderful, and your representative and your two senators pack up their lingerie and come dancing from hop-scotch and toy soldiers to make the trek outside the Beltway for a well-earned vacation sponsored by corporations completely indifferent to legislative news and dedicated to appreciation of nature's bounty in this season of new birth -- er, I mean, to begin a District Work Period dedicated to discovering exactly how much you appreciate the good work they've done so far -- er, that is to say, the last frazzled human threads that our democratic republic hangs by are coming home from April 4th to 19th and if you want to nudge them gently or forcefully in any direction you should call and ask for an appointment NOW.

Mar
25

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Hears Complaints Against United States

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

Leading human rights organizations in the United States on March 20th presented charges of human rights abuse and torture against the U.S. government to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which can recommend actions, including prosecutions, to the U.S. government, other nations' governments, or the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Colleen Costello of the World Organization for Human Rights USA, Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke at the hearing in Washington, D.C., on "Accountability for Violations of Human Rights in the United States."

The speakers presented evidence of torture and insisted on the need for prosecutions. A representative of the U.S. government defended torture, or rather the refusal to prosecute torture, or rather he avoided the topic while managing to speak at length. The career diplomat taking the stage for this Colin Powell moment was Lewis Amselem, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS).

The full video of the hearing is available at http://www.cidh.oas.org and is well worth watching. The written complaints filed with the IACHR will be posted at http://afterdowningstreet.org/iachr

Here is Colleen Costello's testimony:

And Michael Ratner's:

Mar
24

Method to March Madness

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

(In which I scientifically prove the outcome of the NCAA tournament, sort of.)

Maybe they should call it ESP and drop the N. Apparently it's possible -- at least in basketball -- to predict the future with significant, though far from perfect, accuracy, by being very familiar with the type of event being predicted, and without necessarily understanding how you do it. A recent study by neuroscientists, of which I have only read this summary and similar summaries, but which you can link through and read in full for $32, found that experts on basketball could predict with better than average accuracy whether a shot would go in by viewing the shooter release the ball, but skilled players of basketball could predict with 70 percent accuracy even before the shooter released the ball.

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