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Nixon Wouldn't have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean

2) What did he think Cheney and Rumsfeld learned from the Watergate Scandal? His reply:

Rumsfeld and Cheney volunteered to help Nixon when he was sinking, but Nixon did not trust Rumsfeld (he didn’t know Cheney). Needless to say, it is pure speculation as to what Rummy and Dick “learned” from Watergate. I gave my views on the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld presidency in “Worse Than Watergate,” explaining how they imposed secrecy way beyond Nixon. This was how they got away with blatant violations of law that make Watergate look like little league. I am not sure that Richard Nixon in one of his darkest moods would have authorized torture!


That last sentence surprised me. So I asked for more insight.

What would Nixon’s reasons have been for not torturing people? Was he close enough to WWII and the Nuremberg trials to remember war crimes? Was it about American ideals? Religious ideals? Did he not have a John Yoo writing legal memos for him?

John Dean August 30th, 2014 at 4:58 pm
In response to spocko @ 114 (show text)

Nixon served in the South Pacific during WWII, and was familiar with the horrors of Japanese torture, so I cannot believe he would have lowered the USA to tolerate such horrific behavior. With foreign policy, Nixon seemed to understand what today we call “blow-back” and that by our engaging in torture he would expose Americans soldiers (if not all Americans) to torture, just as we are seeing with Americans being captured by ISIL. Bush/Cheney have subjected any and every American kidnapped or captured to torture by the likes of ISIL. It is a decision that is going to haunt us and the world for untold decades.




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http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/nixon-wouldnt-have-authorized-torture.html

Duck Dynasty Patriarch: 'I'm As Much Of A Homophobe As Jesus Was'

Robertson was criticized after he denounced homosexuality as a sin in a GQ article that was published in December. In his interview with the ABC program, Robertson explained his comments.

"The only place I know of that I could have gone to answer that question would be a Bible," Robertson said. "The dictionary wouldn’t have explained it. An encyclopedia wouldn’t have explained it, whether it was a sin or not. So I went to the only source I had to answer his question."

Robertson balked when GMA's Ryan Owens asked him whether he considered himself a homophobe.

"I’m as much of a homophobe as Jesus was," Robertson said. "People who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them."


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/phil-robertson-duck-dynasty-homophobe-jesus
http://www.inquisitr.com/1425013/duck-dynasty-cancelled-willie-robertson-talks-ratings-drop-duck-commander-plans/

"My name is David (Koch), and I'm here to save your beer."

Exclusive: Secret new tape exposes Kochs’ ludicrous strategy to win over America
Takeaway from secret panel on outreach to women, Latinos and youth? Dems should fear Koch money, but not messaging


We actually did an experiment where we use technology on Twitter. We wanted to — overall we wanted to know what do young people care about? How do they form their communities online? And so we did a really intense analysis of their Twitter streams. We found out that craft breweries and craft beer were actually the largest cultural segment in North Carolina. So we set about to talk about craft breweries because it’s what they care about, so we care about it.


much more:
http://www.salon.com/2014/09/02/exclusive_%E2%80%9Cyoung_people_like_beer%E2%80%9D_and_other_wisdom_from_the_kochs%E2%80%99_activist_network/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

It's hard to take nude celebrity pic articles seriously when Sidebar is filled with side boobs, etc.

It’s really hard to take this article seriously when the sidebar contains links to an article about the history of Victoria’s Secret catalogues and an article about women in American flag bikinis. I doubt we’re going to find a solution to the problem of this sense of male entitlement until we’re at least able to discuss the fact that a good chunk of the articles in this magazine contribute to that sense of entitlement.

from the comment section:
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/its-not-just-a-piece-of-her-body

Canadian Envoys to NATO Try a Little Twitter/Onion-style diplomacy:


Canada at NATO ✔ @CanadaNATO
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Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine
8:27 AM - 27 Aug 2014 Canada in Ukraine

Want a private meeting with Ted Cruz? Write a check.

Top Republicans have taken notice: Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have paid him personal visits this year, he noted proudly.

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“You have to realize, when you start contributing to all these guys, they give you access to meet them and talk about your issues,” said Sabin, who has given away more than $177,000. “They know that I’m a big supporter.”

Sabin and other wealthy political contributors have more access than ever to candidates since the ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/wealthy-political-donors-seize-on-new-latitude-to-give-to-unlimited-candidates/2014/09/01/d94aeefa-2f8c-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/02/1326500/-Want-a-private-meeting-with-Ted-Cruz-Write-a-nbsp-check

Puppy-kicking CEO kicked to the curb. Universe smiles approvingly, wags tail

Puppy-kicking CEO kicked to the curb. Universe smiles approvingly, wags tail
By TBogg
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:18 EDT


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According to the SD-UT:

Stadiums and other venues that employ Centerplate for food and beverage concessions have been informed that the ouster of the company’s CEO will be announced on Tuesday.

Desmond Hague, CEO of the Connecticut company, was caught on an elevator surveillance camera in Vancouver in late July, kicking and choking a small dog. The video sparked outrage across the nation with the caterer’s customers, including those at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.


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In a draft news release obtained by U-T Watchdog, Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate, reiterated that the company did not condone Hague’s misconduct.

“Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident,” the draft release says. “Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances.”



MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/02/puppy-kicking-ceo-to-be-kicked-to-the-curb-universe-smiles-approvingly-wags-tail/

How America Made ISIS Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours -By Tom Engelhardt

How America Made ISIS
Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours
By Tom Engelhardt

What Americans have needed is a little pick-me-up to make us feel better, to make us, in fact, feel distinctly good. Certainly, what official Washington has needed in tough times is a bona fide enemy so darn evil, so brutal, so barbaric, so inhuman that, by contrast, we might know just how exceptional, how truly necessary to this planet we really are.

In the nick of time, riding to the rescue comes something new under the sun: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), recently renamed Islamic State (IS). It’s a group so extreme that even al-Qaeda rejected it, so brutal that it’s brought back crucifixion, beheading, waterboarding, and amputation, so fanatical that it’s ready to persecute any religious group within range of its weapons, so grimly beyond morality that it’s made the beheading of an innocent American a global propaganda phenomenon. If you’ve got a label that’s really, really bad like genocide or ethnic cleansing, you can probably apply it to ISIS's actions.

It has also proven so effective that its relatively modest band of warrior jihadis has routed the Syrian and Iraqi armies, as well as the Kurdish pesh merga militia, taking control of a territory larger than Great Britain in the heart of the Middle East. Today, it rules over at least four million people, controls its own functioning oil fields and refineries (and so their revenues as well as infusions of money from looted banks, kidnapping ransoms, and Gulf state patrons). Despite opposition, it still seems to be expanding and claims it has established a caliphate.

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Talk about a feel-good feel-bad situation for the leadership of a superpower that’s seen better days! Such threatening evil calls for only one thing, of course: for the United States to step in. It calls for the Obama administration to dispatch the bombers and drones in a slowly expanding air war in Iraq and, sooner or later, possibly Syria. It falls on Washington’s shoulders to organize a new “coalition of the willing” from among various backers and opponents of the Assad regime in Syria, from among those who have armed and funded the extremist rebels in that country, from the ethnic/religious factions in the former Iraq, and from various NATO countries. It calls for Washington to transform Iraq’s leadership (a process no longer termed “regime change”) and elevate a new man capable of reuniting the Shiites, the Sunnis, and the Kurds, now at each other’s throats, into one nation capable of turning back the extremist tide. If not American “boots on the ground,” it calls for proxy ones of various sorts that the U.S. military will naturally have a hand in training, arming, funding, and advising. Facing such evil, what other options could there be?

If all of this sounds strangely familiar, it should. Minus a couple of invasions, the steps being considered or already in effect to deal with “the threat of ISIS” are a reasonable summary of the last 13 years of what was once called the Global War on Terror and now has no name at all. New as ISIS may be, a little history is in order, since that group is, at least in part, America’s legacy in the Middle East.

MUCH MORE:
http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175888/

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