Hot Air - Ed Morrissey dissects the "torture memos", he criticizes the waterboarding memo as making no sense, but in my opinion his criticism is wrong. I am not a lawyer but to me the plain reading of the statue states that long term (months or years) mental pain or suffering that results from the short term use of waterboarding is required for the technique to qualify as torture. Not as Morrissey states:
This makes no sense at all. Using Bybee’s reasoning, the “threat of imminent death” part of the statute would have to last for months or years in order to qualify as torture. What could possibly qualify in section 2 (C)? We’d have to make a subject smoke for several years and threaten him with cancer.
Powerline - About those "torture memos" - takes the opposite view from Ed Morrissey.
Wizbang - Polishing a turd??? - Michael Laprarie compiles the nationwide attendance numbers for the Tea Parties and attempts to make the case that it was a rousing success. 300,000 is nothing to sneer at but I don't think it is anywhere near the type of numbers that a lot of people were expecting. There is a lot of room for growth but a few things need to be accomplished first -
1. A coherent message - If Obama is a socialist (he is) organizers need to be able to explain why. Generational Theft is a good sound bite but supporters need to offer some depth to the questioners be they media or members of the great unwashed.
2. Organization - There needs to be a national organization to keep people on message and on track. It Should Not be Newt Gingrich, the GOP, anyone from Pajamas Media ( I still think that they unjustly tried to steal credit for this phenomena early on).
3. Pretty Girls - Never forget the babe theory of political movements.
D = S - Giving some credit to the tea parties - "They scared the Dickens out of the Left. Nothing scares the Left more than when their own tactics are used against them."
Garnering Right Ideas - Conservatives are amateurs - "When it comes to protesting conservatives are amateurs. I have searched this morning for news accounts of all of the property damage done by the tea party protestors, and found none. No damage limited coverage."
Mrs Peel's Words of Wisdom - Book Meme - I will post my answers later
Snapped Shot - Somali Pirates Agree: Obama Worst President Ever
The Other McCain - Thought for the Day
Banned 7-Up commercial - one way to get what you want
BBC - Mapping the global effect of Somali piracy
Billings Gazette - Billings police investigate downtown shooting - If you are in the 1700 block of 1st Ave N. at 3:13 am you are doing something that deserves to get you shot. Just saying is all.
Fox News - Cuba wants to talk: everything on the table
- "Speaking from a meeting Chavez hosted in Venezuela, Raul Castro declared: 'We have sent word to the U.S. government in private and in public that we are willing to discuss everything -- human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners, everything."
France 24 - Chavez announces new Latin American currency - An alliance of Latin American and Caribbean governments led by Venezuela will create a regional electronic currency that is expected to circulate by 2010, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday
Yahoo Politics - 10 election insights for 2010