The Torture Regime

The real legacy of the Bush administration:

It’s really hard for me to believe that someone who used to be a federal judge can blow that sophistry in a congressional hearing with a straight face. If you don’t know what they know, then you can’t know in advance if what they know might save lives, right?

I honestly don’t know why everybody’s so hung up on waterboarding specifically at this point. If this is their legal understanding, then they can use the rack, they can break arms and legs and they can pull teeth out with a pair of pliers. There is no logical difference between any of that and waterboarding if the only moral and legal guideline is that “it might be used to save lives.”

Just something to chew on for the next 40 years as we pay down the debt run up during this compassionate conservative’s stellar two terms.

Open Thread

Comcrap was out all morning. Do your thing.

Edwards Dropping Out

So Edwards is dropping out. Who does this help (other than the Democats, as it lessens the chance of a screwed up convention)?

Hugh Hewitt Suicide Watch

McCain beats Romney handily, Giuliani is set to endorse McCain tomorrow, the Terminator is praising McCain and Nancy Reagan is gonna lend the mantle of Saint Ronnie to McCain, and Romney has been such an utter douchebag with his big money attack ads and phalanx of bootlicking supporters that Huckabee is going to stay in the race just to screw Romney. And if anyone deserves a right and proper screwing, it is that smarmy SOB Multiple Choice Mitt.

Maybe we should be less concerned with a Hugh Hewitt Suicide Watch and focussed on a John Cole Schadenfreude Watch.

The country could really do a lot worse than a McCain/Obama or McCain/Clinton match-up in November. No, the Republican race is not over, and Romney could still win, but I am going to watch the establishment freak out and I am going to love it.

No Balconies in Florida

If this exit polling is accurate, then Giuliani’s campaign is over.

This is undeniably a good thing for the country, and while they are probably too damned stupid to realize it, a good thing for the long-term health of the GOP. With this megalomaniac and authoritarian out of the race, I feel like the country just dodged a bullet.

Why Do We Even Have a Congress?

The latest edition in a sad saga.

I have nothing but contempt for George Bush, that pissant of a man.

Stimulate This

If I were a member of Congress and a Democrat, I would be ramming this down Bush’s throat:

The industry research firm Moody’s tracked the potential impact of each stimulus dollar, looking at tax rebates, tax incentives for business, food stamps and expanding unemployment benefits.

The report found that “some provide a lot of bang for the buck to the economy. Others … don’t,” said economist Mark Zandi.

In findings echoed by other economists and studies, he said the study shows the fastest way to infuse money into the economy is through expanding the food-stamp program. For every dollar spent on that program $1.73 is generated throughout the economy, he said.

“If someone who is literally living paycheck to paycheck gets an extra dollar, it’s very likely that they will spend that dollar immediately on whatever they need – groceries, to pay the telephone bill, to pay the electric bill,” he said.

Of course, we all know that numbers have a left-wing bias.

And no, this does not change my mind- I still think any stimulus is pointless right now.