Thursday, September 28, 2006

What Me Read?.. Colbert On Jesus Camp..A Nation Losing It's Soul..

Update - There is another post below this one, the Friday word is "Pink". The link here if you don't want to scroll down that is. This is truly a sad day in America's history and I did not want to mix the two posts together. If you don't care for politics just scroll down or go to the link above.

Don't read much? Easy to fix...



Colbert On "Jesus Camp"

I did write about this documentary that talks about evangelizing to children. Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central offers his own funny take on you tube here.
Watch it..it is hilarious!



A Nation Losing It's Soul

The GOP led Congress is now in the process of passing a bill that allows torture.
From Sen Kerry....

We must start treating our moral authority as a precious national asset that does not limit our power but magnifies our influence. That seems obvious, but this Administration still doesn’t get it. Right now – today — they are trying to rush a bill through Congress that will fundamentally undermine our moral authority, put our troops at greater risk, and make our country less safe.

Let me be clear about something—something that it seems few people are willing to say. This bill permits torture. It gives the President the discretion to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions. No matter how much well-intended United States Senators would like to believe otherwise, it gives an Administration that lobbied for torture just what it wanted.

The only guarantee we have that these provisions really will prohibit torture is the word of the President. But we have seen in Iraq the consequences of simply accepting the word of this Administration. No, we cannot just accept the word of this Administration that they will not engage in torture given that everything they’ve already done and said on this most basic question has already put our troops at greater risk and undermined the very moral authority needed to win the war on terror.

This cartoon from Tom Toles in the Washington Post sums it up best..



Update 2: Modigli in her post points to a NYTimes editorial that says it all about the bill.

13 comments:

Joel Reynolds said...

Hey Man

Interesting blog you've got here. I haven't had time to digest it all, but it's cool that you're putting your feelings out there.
I'll have to read up on some of the articles you have here and comment more later.
Thanks for stopping by to look at the pretty pictures!
Joel

Keshi said...

u know I dun have anything smart to say abt politics. :)

Keshi.

dem said...

Too bad your troll isn't around anymore. I'd be very interested to hear him defend this deliberate embrace of totalitarianism, all for purely partisan gain by his heroes in the GOP. "Party before country" never sounded more appropriate.

Aditi said...

makes u wonder doesnt it....

Maggie said...

Its been so frightening watching our civil liberties being snatched up one by one and thrown out the door. And the saddest part is that people just stood there and watched it happen, let it happen. And now here we are, supposed to be a great advocate of Democracy, passing a bill like this against basic human rights. Where will this go next?

Sanjay said...

Thanks for stopping by Joel and for your kind comments.!

@Keshi.. :-)

@dem..Ye I know what you mean. He seems to have gone for a while now. Currently on vacation though. But he belongs to a cult so that might not change his love of authoritarianism that is.

@Aditi.. Yes, why aren't people thinking?

@Maggie.. People care more about the faux reality shows on teevee? I don't get some people any more. Our claims to being an advocate of democracy now ring sort of hollow.
BTW doesn't it feel better for you to be in Canada?

Cacophoenix said...

The bill actually totally undermines the Habeaus Corpus writ that formed one of the framewors for our constitution. So essentially with the Patriot Act, Homeland Security act and this one..we are no longer a democratic republic. The only difference between say China and us is the fact they call torture torture, here it is more of a pressing for information as a defence against terrorist attacks on the nation...

Sanjay said...

@cacophoenix.. You are right. We no longer have the moral authority to call upon other nations that torture.
But you would not kow this if you talk to a lot of people around who don't follow the news much or don't care so long as their immediate lives are not impacted.

Mona Buonanotte said...

To say that I'm afraid of our future is a grand understatement....

Sanjay said...

@Mona.. Sad but true.

Intern said...

Is Code Pink something to do with "women for peace" ... anyways the first few things I can think of when I hear PInk are - baby girl, lipstick, pink ribbon products for breast cancer awareness, strawberries ... and the song PINK [ by Mick jagger I guess]... Pink is the color of passion, pink is my latest obsession"... Love that song!

I love John Stewart and Colbert report ... but miss them sometimes .. Very classy comedy show. Now I think I am talking very off-mark from what you've written ...

Though I love politics, but handling criminals is not one topic that I have very strong opinion on. I just watch who is saying what!

Btw, aint you interested in movies ... i saw " All the king's men"... a bit slow but very powerful movie.

Sanjay said...

@Intern. Yep. You are right about code pink. Another commentator on the "pink" post pointed that out to me.
Loved your take on pink. It's interesting how everyone interprets it differently.

And don't worry about being offtopic. I always love to read comments that people leave behind here.

I am very interested in movies. But don't often find time to write about them even though I try to catch as many as I can. Your opinion about "king's Men" is interesting. It did not do well at the box office but that is not always a good measure of a movie.
BTW if you get a chance do watch the documentary "Word Play" . It centers around an annual competition run by the guy who is responsible for the NY Times crossword puzzle. If I get a chance will write a bit about it.

Maggie said...

Sanjay, it does feel better in Canada, except I'm still fighting for the country of my birth by voting remotely. Still so sad to watch things change in such an abhorrent way.