There are a couple things that fall pretty neatly into this category. For starters, the military is retooling its manual on
torture interrogation of prisoners detainees enemy combatants them thar bad people what hates our way of life n such. The LA Times reports that there was initial resistance to even mentioning the Geneva convention in the manual, since apparently them thar bad people might use it to, oh I don’t know, insist on minimal human rights, but
[I]n June, the Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld that the provisions of the Geneva Convention could be applied to an unconventional conflict, like the war on terrorism. The court said that Common Article 3 covered all individuals caught up in a conflict, whether part of a regular military force or not.
There they go again, those damned activist judges, screwing it up for everyone.* Far too late to prevent a public débâcle, of course — but then, Abu Ghraib was just one of many, many wrong steps in this particular act of this particularly stupid administration. (Why, oh why, can’t we just “move on”?)
Though I have to say a court case named [anyone at all] vs. Rumsfeld has a damned nice ring to it.
Further along in the category we find the Washington Post telling us that the aptly-named Congress is no closer to figuring out what to do about the fustercluck known as FEMA. They seem to be even further away from reaching a decision than they were, say, six months ago; in fact
Members remain divided over how much to spend; how big to rebuild the disaster response agency after five years of disintegration; and how broadly to change laws covering aid to individuals, governments and private groups, congressional aides said.
Remember now: This is virtually an all-Republican legislature. They’re supposed to be able to agree on everything. I guess there isn’t enough pork to go around in the current drafts to suit them.
However the news isn’t all bad; Katherine Harris has won the Florida senate primary.
“Wait,” you say. “Katherine Harris? The shrew who essentially handed Bush Florida? That Katherine Harris?”
“Yes,” I reply calmly. “That Katherine Harris. She’s on the Republican Senate race ticket in Florida.”
“How the hell can that be good?” you ask.
“Simple,” I reply. “She’s fucking insane. She’s proved it with the comments she’s made, the poor staffing decisions she’s made, and the questionable legal choices she’s made. She doesn’t stand a fart’s chance in a tornado of taking out the Democratic opposition. Her victory is the very best thing that could have happened to that Senate race.”
“Ahh,” you say, “I see now…”
“And that’s why I’d like to see others do the same thing — vote in the Republican primaries, and pick the biggest loon on the ticket. The crazier, the better. Put that lunatic in the position to run against the Democrat. Empower an opposition Congress for the first time in six years. It’s one way to Save the Country™.”
“By golly,” you nod, “that might just work.”
Yeah. It might.
* The same activist judges, save one, who unconstitutionally installed GWB in 2000.
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