Ask Not Who Your Country Can Torture For You

When you’re a national politician, it must be a great feeling when the country starts to unambiguously follow your lead.

A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe.

In a lawsuit filed last month, former Prosper, Inc. salesman Chad Hudgens alleges his managers also allowed the supervisor to draw mustaches on employees’ faces, take away their chairs and beat on their desks with a wooden paddle “because it resulted in increased revenues for the company.”

Dear wingnuttia – torture isn’t about who they are, it’s about who we are. It’s about who we become. It’s about how torture eats away at a country’s soul. Take notes next time.

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Friday Night Open Thread

I had fried chicken for dinner and will be on the couch. You are on your own, and no diving in the shallow end.

No running, either.








Courage

Obama spoke to a crowd of around 2,000 people in Beaumont yesterday. What I found interesting is not the fact that he was the first candidate to personally visit in over 30 years, but rather the tone of his speech. Speaking to mostly an African American crowd, (and a religious one at that), Obama didn’t fill his speech simply with empty promise of a perfect future, but rather challenged his supporters to rethink their own values.

That takes courage, every bit as much as the Sista Souldjah moment of 16 years ago. East Texas is not particularly gay friendly, and the African Americans among them are no exception. This is also not the first time he has done so. Obama has shown he is willing to tell crowds what they need to hear, rather than pandering.

DISCLAIMER:

The first link is to a video of the speech, the text beside of which reads:

This is the almost complete “short” stump speech for the many folks who couldn’t attend the “sold out” (tichets were free) town hall meeting.

I haven’t had a chance to watch the 17 minute clip, and there is a chance the part of the speech referred to is edited out. I’ll let everyone know when I have a few minutes, but until then, I do not assume verification of the speech in the first link.

UPDATE:

I listened to the video, and the comments referred to are apparently edited out. Numerous campaign reporters refer to them, though, and the Martin Luther King day speech is further evidence that the point of my post stands.








The Wilhelm Scream

Remember that weird noise that a guy made falling into the tentacle pit in Return Of The Jedi? Maybe it sounded familiar. A few years ago I told my wife that every action-ish movie I saw seemed to squeeze that exact same sound sample in somewhere.

Finally, proof! You’ll be surprised to learn how long this has been going on.








The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations

Voucher programs and charter schools once again do worse for the same sets of students than plain old public schools. When will rightwingers show they care by defunding programs that consistently fail our kids?

Ha ha, I made a funny.








Is This Really All They Have

Clinton’s new ad is a joke:

Shouldn’t someone have told her that the “ominous serious voice” is more convincing if you don’t hire the voice actor who has done the trailers for every Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell movie?








Make Her Go Away

I can not take eight years of this:

The Texas Democratic Party warned Thursday that election night caucuses scheduled for Tuesday could be delayed or disrupted after aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton threatened to sue over the party’s complicated delegate selection process.

In a letter sent out late Thursday to both the Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns, Texas Democratic Party lawyer Chad Dunn warned a lawsuit could ruin the Democrats’ effort to re-energize voters just as they are turning out in record numbers.

Spokesmen for both campaigns said there were no plans to sue ahead of the March 4 election.

“It has been brought to my attention that one or both of your campaigns may already be planning or intending to pursue litigation against the Texas Democratic Party,” Dunn wrote in the letter, obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Such action could prove to be a tragedy for a reinvigorated Democratic process.”

Democratic sources said both campaigns have made it clear that they might consider legal options over the complicated delegate selection process, which includes both a popular vote and evening caucuses. But the sources made it clear that the Clinton campaign in particular had warned of an impending lawsuit.

“Both campaigns have made it clear that they would go there if they had to, but I think the imminent threat is coming from one campaign,” said one top Democratic official, referring to the Clinton campaign. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Another Democratic official who was privy to the discussions confirmed Clinton representatives made veiled threats in a telephone call this week.

“Officials from Sen. Clinton’s campaign at several times throughout the call raised the specter of ‘challenging the process,’ ” the official said.

Queue the Hillbots to tell me this is just an anonymous smear against Hillary. The rest of us recognize this for what it is- an increasingly desparate Clinton campaign resorting to what they really understand- strong-arming people to get their way.