Today, on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States declares its strong solidarity with torture victims across the world. Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere. We are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law.
Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right. The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, ratified by the United States and more than 130 other countries since 1984, forbids governments from deliberately inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering on those within their custody or control. Yet torture continues to be practiced around the world by rogue regimes whose cruel methods match their determination to crush the human spirit. Beating, burning, rape, and electric shock are some of the grisly tools such regimes use to terrorize their own citizens. These despicable crimes cannot be tolerated by a world committed to justice.
Submitted by crowbar317 on Sat, 09/30/2006 - 11:01am
Some time back, I blogged on Virginia Foxx playing fast and loose with the truth in an attempt to smear NC-5th Democratic challenger Roger Sharpe.
Apparently hitting Roger personally didn't work, so, true to Republican form, Foxx attacks the other "enemy of the GOP": the media.
In a fund-raising letter, Foxx not only accused the Winston-Salem Journal of being biased against her, but also out-and-out lied about the paper's editorial policy and her campaign's use of the editorial page.
Luckily, unlike much of the mainstream media, the Journal didn't back down. Instead, editorial page editor Linda Brinson hit back hard in an article published today.
Raleigh business man and wanna-be Bushbot Steve Acuff(T) reveals what a supremely unqualified fool he is today with a statement he made in response to David Price's criticism of the Bush Administration. It's Under the Dome.
"My overall thought is Mr. Price is taking cheap shots at the administration," Acuff said. "This is coming from someone who has opposed and obstructed all of the administration's efforts to protect U.S. citizens. What is most upsetting to me about this is the debate right now that is playing on C-SPAN can be played on Al-Jazeera tomorrow."
What else would you expect from a card-carrying member of the Party of Torture? Despite the fact that many military leaders are firmly against the pro-torture position of the Bush administration, Acuff actually believes what the Liar in Chief has to say about anything.
Someone from out of state asked today for opinions about NC state legislative races. Here's what I have so far:
As near as I can tell, there are three dynamics going on in legislative races this year.
One sad piece of news is the high-level of corporate money likely to be poured into a handful of key races by Art Pope. He’s the CEO of a retail chain, and seems hellbent on buying seats so he can further his radical tax-cutting agenda. He’s also supporting theocrats who work hard to break down the separation of church and state. Pope's not running for office himself (he ran for Lt. Gov. years ago and lost). But he is putting his Puppets in place. He orchestrated the ouster of several moderate Republicans in the primaries, and is now trying to do the same against Dems in the general. He's our own little Karl Rove wannabe, but fortunately he has more money than sense.
Submitted by Larry Kissell on Fri, 09/29/2006 - 2:10pm
Just posted to DailyKos. Of course, BlueNC deserves the lion's share of credit.
What can I say... other than THANK YOU NETROOTS!
If you've followed my campaign at all, then you know what a big deal this is and should feel very proud of the part each and every one of you has played in bringing our fight in North Carolina's 8th District to the national foreground.
Your resolve made this happen. My enduring thanks to you, Congressman Artur Davis and Chairman Rahm Emanuel, who I'll let do the talking now.
Submitted by HillWilliam on Fri, 09/29/2006 - 11:01am
I'm still shaking my head in amazement from yesterday's passage of a bill that not only authorizes the use of torture, but abrogates over 200 years of settled Constitutional law.
When I volunteered for the military some thirtyish years back, I promised with G'd's help to protect, uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Not coincidentally, people elected to serve in the halls of Congress make nearly exactly the same oath. The first item to which one pledges absolute loyalty and defense is to the Constitution.
Because I gave my promise and asked G'd for His help to keep me true to that promise, I took it (and still do take it) very seriously. That promise was in honor of the men and women who sacrificed much (if not all) to create the United States and the Constitution that makes it the country that it is.
Destroy the Constitution and you destroy that which is in and of itself America.
Disclaimer - To my knowledge, no person mentioned in this article has committed a crime, pleaded guilty to or been convicted of any crime associated with events listed here.
So far in this process, I've allowed Ted Sampley to defend himself in his own words. They might not have been fresh words, but he has provided ample material on his various sites to promote himself and dispute most claims. If the story has already been told, why even bother writing about Ted Sampley? I have struggled with this myself.
If Ted Sampley was simply a sloppy businessman who failed to file proper papers and failed to file or pay his taxes, I wouldn't bother with him. He isn't just another businessman, though. Ted Sampley has put himself out in the community as the leader of a charitable organization. He runs a 501c3 and solicits money from the public and receives favorable tax treatment from the state and from the IRS. He owes it to the town of Kinston and to the taxpayers of this state to be a good steward of the money with which he's been entrusted.
I write to bring attention to someone who, in my opinion, does not deserve another ounce of public trust. I write in the hopes that donors will watch their pocketbooks closely and look into any charity Ted Sampley is involved with. I write in the hopes that various authorities will take notice of the documents improperly filed, filed late or not filed at all in the course of Sampley's business dealings - to simply provide a guarantee that money is being used for the charitable purpose for which it was intended. I write because the veterans in my family deserve far better than the likes of Ted Sampley out in the world using his veteran status as a badge of honor to gain public sympathy and public trust when he does very little to earn it. At the same time he uses his veteran status as a shield to deflect criticism. Respecting a man or woman's veteran status doesn't mean you give them a free pass for all their transgressions. So, I write.
Kirk Ross has an excellent review of the miserable state of maintence in state and local government, which has been one of my pet peeves for decades, ever since I was responsible for routine upkeep of the bridge on the USS Charleston (LKA-113), where I was the navigator.
In the Navy, they spend what must be at least a third of their time doing maintenance on equipment and facilities. It's a never-ending job and they're very disciplined about it. Which makes perfect sense given the huge upfront investments we make in ships, aircraft, weapons systems, and more.
We the People make those same kinds of investments in public infrastructure. Whether its a sewage plant, a bridge, a highway, a government building, or any piece of capital equipment, we're spending millions or billions of dollars initially - but then, when the budgets get written and allocated, we're cutting corners like crazy when it comes to maintaining our investments in good shape.
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