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"Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right." - George W. Bush (No, Seriously.)

The following is a speech given by President Bush at the White House on June 23, 2003:

Today, on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States declares its strong solidarity with torture victims across the world. Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere. We are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law.

Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right. The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, ratified by the United States and more than 130 other countries since 1984, forbids governments from deliberately inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering on those within their custody or control. Yet torture continues to be practiced around the world by rogue regimes whose cruel methods match their determination to crush the human spirit. Beating, burning, rape, and electric shock are some of the grisly tools such regimes use to terrorize their own citizens. These despicable crimes cannot be tolerated by a world committed to justice.

Presenting WNCNN, Episode 2!

WNCNN is proud to announce the premiere of their second episode, wherein we find our intrepid reporters Johnny Joe Rockslide and Sally Love invading the seamy heart of the 11th District. We learn the real differences between elephants and donkeys, why Democrats go to hell, and we see a certain politico of national note paying tribute to classic British comedy. Check them out below the fold!

The Need for Protest Music (or "I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night")

Cross-posted from Scrutiny Hooligans*, and inspired by a post that originally appeared @ Crooks & Liars... click here for relevant audio that I uploaded, thanks to BlueNC's spiffy new audio feature!

At the risk of showing my age, one my earliest memories involves my dad showing me how to use the family record player. I didn't have any music of my own, so I would listen to a lot of what was in the record cabinet, which was primarily what my dad was into in the 60s. He listened to a lot of folk music - he was particularly a fan of Bob Dylan's pre-electric period - and it was through my dad's record collection that I discovered the time-honored tradition of the protest song.

Taylor's Latest Salvos (a 2-for-1 special!)

To paraphrase Taylor's own advertising, "Oh boy. Here we go again."

These two ads aired today on WLOS, within ten minutes of each other during Jeopardy! The first one is a "scary brown people ad", and goes further toward Taylor's attempt at defining Shuler as being in cahoots with Pelosi, Dean and Hillary!:

This one's a "hooray for me!" ad, with lots of stuff that I hope people with more time than I have right now can either outright dispute or poke holes in...

Here Come The Puppetmaster!! (or at least one of his minions)

Under normal circumstances I wouldn't be opposed to using a picture of Dr. Weird for any occasion... but I saw this little tidbit on the Asheville Citizen-Times' website this morning and noticed that the Puppetmaster was sending a little bit of Taco Island our way next week...

General turned Fox News pundit to speak

published September 15, 2006 10:48 am

ASHEVILLE – A retired Air Force commander and Fox News military analyst is the guest at an Asheville luncheon next week.

The John Locke Foundation, a conservative Raleigh-based think-tank, is bringing Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney to Tuesday's noon event.

The co-author of the book "Endgame: The Blueprint for the Victory in the War on Terror" will speak about that blueprint at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.

Cost is $25 including lunch.

Into the Breach!!!

Sorry to keep posting teasers; I'm trying to do this in between chores and errands here, and my brain's still a little scattered, smothered, covered, topped and diced from the proceedings...

Last night's immigration town hall meeting was a very, um, educational experience. It was the first right-wing sanctioned event I'd ever been to that I actually sort-of attended, rather than standing outside with a sign.

If the estimated crowd of about three hundred is a fair, representative cross-section of Henderson County, then all I can say is that Henderson County really, REALLY doesn't like brown people.


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