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Friday, May 21, 2004
Fire Rumsfeld, part MMMCCCXXXIIIIIa, b, and c
New Details of Prison Abuse Emerge (washingtonpost.com):
Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets.
Please, let's get these bums out of office and send them to Abu Ghraib right now.

You don't want to read this article, but you must. I don't understand how any human can think it's right to torture another. I don't understand how a general can say that "no one told him it was wrong." And "just following orders" has never been a defense -- see Nuremberg trials, My Lai, etc. Even if it were, the chain of command leads to the President. It's time for him to take responsibility for this atrocity.

Good news is that Kerry Raises $1 Million a Day in April . I hate pocketbook elections, but big money gets press, people for some reason trust "big" stuff (witness all the ridiculous lists of how much money a movie makes each weekend), and it buys ads and opens campaign offices and pays for overhead and plane tickets and whatever.

The more money Kerry has, the louder he can talk (something the press has actually been grumbling about -- it's their fault, you know). And the louder he talks, the more money he will get.

Unfortunately, the office of the presidency gives an incumbent, especially this one, a free ride and slavish coverage whenever he chooses to open his mouth. And he really hasn't started to campaign yet. Scary.

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