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Joe is on Fire! "Conviction! Resolve! Barack Obama!"


For those interested, John Kerry's speech.

Just to prove how disengaged he is, Romney won't watch the President's speech tonight

Notice how cavalier he is about it all? He totally has the "I'm going to take my toys and go home because the president has some 'splainin' to do" attitude, just like his followers.

However, a savvy candidate, like, say, Obama, would say with a smile on his face, "Absolutely! I bet it'll be a powerful speech with lots of hopes and dreams, but in the end, it'll be the same old rhetoric with no delivery and I'll know what to refute tomorrow."

Anyhow, you know he'll probably watch it anyway.

New CIA Waterboarding Charges Surface


– Human Rights Watch has uncovered evidence that waterboarding—and other severe abuse of detainees—was practiced more widely than the Bush administration has acknowledged, according to an investigation by the organization. The newly discovered incidents expose close cooperation between Washington and Libya's late dictator Moammar Gadhafi in the systematic abuse of some 14 Libyan dissidents—swept up in America's hunt for militants after 9/11—while they were held in US-controlled detention centers in Afghanistan, or tortured in American-led interrogations in Pakistan, Morocco, Thailand, and Sudan, says the organization's report. "Not only did the US deliver Gadhafi his enemies on a silver platter, but it seems the CIA tortured many of them first," said Laura Pitter, counter terrorism adviser at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. "The scope of the Bush administration abuse appears far broader than previously acknowledged."

The report comes just days after the Justice Department announced it wouldn't file criminal charges against any CIA personnel over harsh interrogation techniques largely because investigators couldn't prove interrogators exceeded guidelines authorized by the Bush administration. Two of the Libyan dissidents described being waterboarded, and others said they were shackled in their cells for months, often naked, in a variety of painful positions, and in near darkness with music blaring continuously. One man said he nearly went insane, and banged his head against the wall repeatedly, pleading with his captors to kill him, AP reports. Asked about the new accounts, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said the agency "has been on the record that there are three substantiated cases" of waterboarding—which don't include the Libyan cases in the Human Rights Watch Report.

Meme o' the evening.

Of course Bill Killed, which is what makes it even better!

I have finally come to terms with the fact that The GOP will never run an Arnold Vinick.

Therefore, I am so happy that we at least have our Matt Santos.

Did Bill just say this? I haven't seen his speech yet.

“In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president’s reelection was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn’t finished cleaning it up, so fire him and put us back in.”

edited to add:


Why I love the Clint thing.

They were so cynical that they thought all they needed to do was let the Heir-Apparent-to-John-Wayne riff a few minutes about the American Spirit while hitting a few key talking points and all of Dirty Harry's Testosterone-y Machismo would put it in the bag for Mitt. I was a tad nervous, because I like Clint and most everyone respects him. He isn't what one would call a Tea Party-Type, so it could've worked because people are just that stupid.

What they got instead was a cranky senior citizen who was way out of his league when it comes to comedy improvisation, which would have been bad enough at "Ha-Ha's" in Boise, but was definitely an ABSOLUTE NO NO at a prestige event like the RNC. What could've been Mitt's moment became overshadowed by political theater. It was almost as bad as if Tom Cruise had come out and pulled an Oprah-on-the-couch.

It's funny how they trust Hollywood, but only when it suits them. They wanted "The Man with No Name." Instead, they got that awful old man from "Gran Torino."

Just for fun, this is the celebrity I'd send in to "counter" Clint:

I heart the Gene Wilder meme, which fits every occasion.

(I know this is almost past it's sell-by, but helping to keep it alive, if only for the weekend, is not a horrid thing!)

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