America is not made safer by making the Constitution weaker.
One year ago today, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act. With it, founding principles of the U.S. Constitution were discarded in the name of fighting terror. The Act made it lawful to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial, to assume guilt before innocence, to blur the definition of torture, and to use information obtained through brutal treatment as “evidence.” Other governments, including the British during America’s founding, have tried to exert control in similar ways. It didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.
Is America safer when we undo the Constitution? Those with first-hand experience of torture, such as Senator John McCain, believe it is not only wrong but counter-productive. This and other abuses erode America’s moral standing in the world. Strong evidence suggests that they even serve as a recruiting tool for those using terror and provide convenient cover for anyone else abusing human rights.
Making the world a safer place requires consistent and universal respect for human rights. Join Amnesty International in insisting that Congress return America to its core constitutional principles of justice by overturning the Military Commissions Act, granting fair and timely trials, treating detainees humanely and reinstating habeas corpus – the right to challenge one’s detention in court.
Strengthen America’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law. It’s up to people like us to demand it. Take action at amnestyusa.org
Pretty sad that Dem prez candidates have to pledge to not torture.
A kamikaze squirrel fell from the sky and detonated a Bayonne woman’s car yesterday, police said today.
Lindsey Millar, 23, and her brother, Tony, 22, were both home Wednesday at about 12:45 p.m. when Lindsey’s car suddenly started burning outside their 42nd Street home.
Tony Millar said firefighters told them it was the work of a buck-toothed saboteur that had been gnawing on overhead power lines connected to a transformer directly above the 2006 Toyota Camry.
“The squirrel chewed through the wire, was set on fire, fell down directly to where the car was,” Tony Millar said. “The squirrel, on fire, slid into the engine compartment and blew up the car.
“They’re always coming around here, chewing through the garbage,” he added.
Tony Millar says his sister was fully insured.
“It’s something to laugh about once she has a new car,” he said. “It’s not funny yet.”
Police said there were no injuries — except for the squirrel, that is, which is dead.
The Millars’ home is decorated for Halloween, complete with a tiny plastic tombstone on their front lawn. Tony Millar said the family will consider dedicating the tombstone to the squirrel, who was not named.
Man I lost the username beerorkid on youtube over daily show clips I captured. But now you can watch episodes all the way back to 1999 on thedailyshow.com
I frequent a forum where politics are discussed and one guy loves to say the daily show is the main source for liberal news. I doubt anyone looks to the daily show for news. The only thing I have ever learned from TDS is that Cheney has a man sized safe in his office. The studies that show that daily show watchers know more about current events than FOX news watchers is probably where that line of thought comes from.
Colbert is still better though.
Well we made our second trip to Sam’s. It is just amazing how much cheaper crap is there. We went pretty late, right about closing. The guy who checks your receipt out said “want a chicken?”. My heart filled with joy with the thought he was gonna give me a live chicken and how I would train it to ride the trails with me, but no it was a left over rotisserie chicken.
So Theresa loves stew. Mostly cuz it is gravy soup I think. Figured this would be a perfect time to test out the pressure cooker. We get a cheap cut of meat and usually let it simmer in broth for a few hours to soften it up. 10 minutes in the pressure cooker and it was tender like a strange beef silly putty.
I am all giddy after watching this.
I have the best culinary ideas of them all:
This one is almost as good as my idea for the cowpiggen: It’s like a traditional holidays turducken, but it’s a chicken inside a pig inside a cow. Or my ever popular Space McDonalds idea. You guys ain’t got nothin’ on me.
I feel for the guy. He is living my dream. To be a crotchety old guy that all the neighborhood kids fear maintaining my immaculate lawn, writing letters to the paper, and calling the local weather station to tell them what my rain gauge and thermometer says.
Kid 1: “Billy I dare you to cut the corner of crazy old man Ramos’s lawn on your bike”
Kid 2: “no way Enrique, I hear he puts thorns in that part of his lawn so your tires go flat so he can catch you and tell you stories about the times before laser TV’s.”
Yes I cannot wait to become that guy.