Dec 1, 2007
Retired Radioman Profile
When asked, "How much money is enough?" J. D. Rockefeller responded, "Just a little more." (Jan 25, 2008 | post #409)
How many times has it not worked? How many times has it resulted in bad/wrong intel? Don't you think that the anti-Bush media would hesitate to publish those numbers if they had been provided? (Dec 12, 2007 | post #349)
I lost my rose-tinted glasses a long time ago. I am under no illusions that torture is used around the globe. It frightens me that our government, by condoning its use, will allow torture to become an acceptable solution to other problems besides terrorism. Like "ndqt", I am wondering where it will stop. How soon will we become so desensitized to its use that we would not blink to hear that it has been used to elicit information from Americans on election fraud, tax evasion, drug use, traffic violations? Where would the line be drawn? Would one be drawn? (Dec 12, 2007 | post #344)
Torture has been known in the past to result in bad intel. Like the wrong person being named. Under the influence of torture, not knowing my own limits, I'd probably sell my mother down the river. Can anyone say differently if they have not been exposed to it? (Dec 12, 2007 | post #340)
Arhturr, my point is this: what about when it doesn't work because it has been used on the wrong person? That end is not justified by the means. (Dec 12, 2007 | post #337)
May I remind you that you condoned its use when it is used on you? (Dec 12, 2007 | post #332)
The first time I heard about "The Horse Whisperer" I thought it was about an obscene phone caller. (Dec 12, 2007 | post #328)
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. Pastor Martin Niemöller (Dec 11, 2007 | post #176)
The first step of the Final Solution was to identify. (Dec 11, 2007 | post #169)
How would a yellow Star of David, or perhaps a pink triangle suit you as a marker? (Dec 11, 2007 | post #163)
Even I think that is a bit of an extreme manner in which to deal with Christian fundamentalists. Besides, how could you get anyone to monitor these camps - that insanity might be catching. (Dec 11, 2007 | post #162)
Read out at Naval retirement ceremonies. Cut and pasted. Please forgive form and punctuation. For many years This sailor has stood the watch While some of us were in our bunks at night This sailor stood the watch While some of us were in school learning our trade This shipmate stood the watch Yes, even before some of us were born in this world This shipmate stood the watch In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen brewing on the horizon of history This shipmate stood the watch Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there Needing his guidance and help Needing that hand to hold during those hard times But he still stood the watch He stood the watch for many years He stood the watch so that we, our families and Our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety, each and every night Knowing that a sailor stood the watch Today we are here to say "Shipmate...t he watch stands relieved Relieved by those You have Trained, Guided and Lead Shipmate - you stand relieved...we have the watch" "Boatswain - Standby to pipe the side Shipmate Going Ashore" (Dec 10, 2007 | post #254)
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