Saturday, June 25, 2005

Eminent Domain, Karl Rove vs. Dick Durbin, and Public Broadcasting still getting lots of money from US (i.e. Taxes)

Man their were a lot of things happening this week. So much to cover.

Eminent Domain

The biggest thing that happened this week is the rulling regarding Kelo vs. City of New London. If your an advocate of private property rights...Be Afraid, Be VERY AFRAID!!!

The Fifth Amedment has now been thrown out the window.

By the way here is what it says.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Now lets look at the last lines of the amendment.

nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

What that means is that the government can't not take someones property unless it goes through the proper legal channels and their is a reasonable 'public use' for the land AND the property owners get paid the resonable amount of money. Now that goes out the window.

In the past 'public use' used to mean putting in railroads, highways, schools, transmission lines, or something government related and/or something that will benefit the public good. Through the years that has been expanded to what will bring in move revenue. More often than not if a shopping center of great big king size boxes promices to bring in the money that a local city government craves than be preprared to kiss you house goodbye if those future 'big boxes' intend to take your place. Also you many not get the money that is rightfuly owed to ya, the money you will be paid for is likely to be less than the amount that your property really does cost. Forget about NOT selling, cause the city government will use its power to take from you and give that property to those 'shady developers.'

Neal Boortz said it best; "If you own property, and the government wants that property --- you're screwed. You now own your private property only at the pleasure of government; and that means that you own your property, be it your home, your business or a piece of investment real estate only at the pleasure of the local controlling politicians."

Boortz has lots to say about this and do mean LOTS TO SAY about this.

Want to read the rulling??? click below

Karl Rove vs. Dick Durbin

When Karl Rove says something along these lines...

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

The liberals just took that way too seriously and now look is offended now? The Dems in Congress are now fighting back. Nancy Pelosi says the GOP is desperate, Hillary wants to GOP to back away from Rove, and Harry Reid the much beloved Senate Minority Leader wants Rove to resign or fully apologize. Key word here is FULLY apolgize.

Have they forgotten about Dick Durbin and his remarks (and/or that faceless FBI agent) regarding how our milltary is treating terrorists and how its just like Nazi Germany and the formor Soviet Union, and how the left got disgusted when Durbin 'apolgized' but we know he did not really.

The Dems say nothing about Durbin and very likely agree with him in what he did and said. I have heard that made a statement after 9/11 that we go into battle with moderation or something along those lines.

Regardless of what was said by Moveon and other leftys, the old template is the rule regarding conflict. Conservatives believe in "Peace through Strength" (Meaning that Strength with our Guns, Missiles, Bombs etc) while the Left believes in Peace through Cooperation, Trust and Goodwill or has Rove puts it Peace through indictments, therapy and understanding.

The left is going to make Iraq another Vietnam sadly. Thanks to Durbin's big fat mouth the properganda news outlet in the middle east which favors the terriorists. Yes I am talking about Al Jazeera. AJ has been airing Durbin's statements over and over. Tell me who is comiting treason here? Anyway since nothing is being done on either side of the asle all I can say is Rove is fighting fire with fire. Keep it coming Rove.

When will we ever cut off federal funding for Public Broadcasting??? That and other thoughts on PBS/NPR

Well not right now, and this ideal of 'public broadcasting' is the closest thing we have to a 'state network.' In many counties that think the government needs to be involved in everything they have a government funded TV and radio service. Canada has the CBC and the United Kingdom has the BBC. I can tell with the BBC you only pay the tax/fee if you have a color television in your home should you live in the UK. Hhere in America however we pay for PBS and NPR regardless if we want to or not.

The reason why Public Broadcasting is able to save itself from being deprived of federal funds is that time and again they cry they will die if they don't get them and everytime they can hide behind the much beloved PBS Kids lineup to do because as well all know its all about education regarding our future generations.

Well public broadcasters who are on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) dole pleaded with their audiences to call their House Reps and tell them not to cut their funding. Well it be less but still enough to make the boys and girls at PBS and NPR very happy. Anyway from what I have heard the plan was a big cut THIS YEAR but much greater amount next year.

Well people; $100 million is going to fund the public broadcasting this year. Can anyone tell me how money they make from the Non-Profits, Corporation Underwriting, and voluntary contributions from the members of public broadcasting. If its MORE than $100 Million I would not be surprised. Without the later three public broadcasting would be NOTHING!!!

If we must contuine to fund this thing called public broadcasting for the time being then I agree with Kenneth Tomlinson's attempt to bring in more right wing to right of center voices. Lets bring back Firing Line even if its not hosted by William F. Buckley. Lets bring other voices then of the Bill Moyers elk. Does not mean that lefty shows have to vanish but its a call for "equal time." Remember when the left was screaming about equal time so much doing Rush Limbaugh's prime time in the early 1990's. Rush was right when he said that he "was equal time." For many years the left had a monopoly in the broadcast media regarding political thought.

Now the left screams and demands that Tomlinson move aside for his attempt to bring 'fairness' to public broadcasting. It only shows that the left wants to slant things to left and then call it fair. Reminds me alot of that "kick you and beat you line, and tell you its fair" line in Michael Jackson's hit song "Beat It."

Story regarding Tomlinson and Dems wanting to shaft him

PBS & NPR is NOT for East (& West) Coast liberals only. As long as the heartland has to fund it lets make sure we have our say and not just useful idiots of the left like the Sith of Progressive Talk Radio Ed Schultz.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Tonight's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

NEWS: Supreme Court Rules Developers Can Seize Private Property

From AP regarding the above

From Cato regarding the above

Here are a few special intrest groups fighting for YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS!!!!

Castle Coalition

Institute for Justice

Thoughts on Richard 'Turbin' Durbin

Bob Parks

Hal Lindsey

Robert Knight

Criage McMillian

Newt Gingrich

Brent Bozell

Other Issues

Bill Rusher talks about the Dems at large but Turbin is brought up

Joseph Farah has his pick for the highest court in land, and those he would rather not see in the court

Bush had the better grades that the Poodle. To Bad leftys, try again. Larry Elder has more.

Several PBS pieces beginning with Cal Thomas. By the way the taxpayers lose again regarding this State Network. The funding will NOT be cut. Come on rightys lets fight for balance if we must have a state broadcasting network...NPR too.

Connie Mackey also points out the lefty bias on public broadcasting and also shows that will do just fine without government support.

Tonight's Token Lefty is The Nation's Katrina Vanden Heuvel. Does not like how our milltary is recruting these days.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Tonight's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

I'll start off with Bob Parks's audio commentary regarding the aftermath of the Michael Jackson trial. MP3 Software required to play the commentary. Windows will do.

OK you women out there. You hate the wage gap, well you might want to put this thing called family aside or let dad stay at home. Anyway John Stossel sets the record regarding wages.

De-Feminzing torture. Yea sounds good Kathleen

National Care comming to America??? Someday it will and you BETTER BE AFRAID!!! Walter Williams tells you what to expect.

Michelle Malkin keeps debunking those Gitmmo myths

Ann Coulter is a Liberaleater, and she is hungry today as the leftys still ---- about Gittmo

Tony Blankley takes inside the mind of Hillary

Funny how the left loves to use Nazi Germany to villfly the right. Jonah Goldberg explains

Cathy Young takes a look at Hollywood and Commies

Brooke Oberwetter, Stephanie is affer you...oops wrong Brooke (Logan from the daytime drama Bold & the Beautful) :) . This one however shows us some good reasons why Social Securty needs to be reformed.

Token Lefty tonight is Bill Moyers is a man who has benfitted greatly from public broadcasting. He quotes Henry Thoreau about affecting the quallty of the day is the highest of great arts. The problems is he and the rest of the left wants to that USING OUR TAX MONEY!!!

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"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"

That ever famous movie quote according to the The American Film Institute is the number one movie quote of all least counting the movies of the 20th Century. The quote comes at the closing movements of the 1939 Classic "Gone With The Wind" when Rhett Bulter (Clark Gable) is blut to a pleding Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) to come back to her arms.

Here is the rest of the Top 20

2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," "The Godfather," 1972.

3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am," "On the Waterfront," 1954.

4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," "The Wizard of Oz," 1939. (For crying outloud Dorothy have you noticed that your in COLOR now??? :) How about playing "Money" by Pink Floyd as well )

5. "Here's looking at you, kid," "Casablanca," 1942.

6. "Go ahead, make my day," "Sudden Impact," 1983.

7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up," "Sunset Blvd.," 1950.

8. "May the Force be with you," "Star Wars," 1977. (Why didn't "I've Got a Bad Feeling about This;" make the 100 list??? This line has been quoted in EVERY Star Wars movie too.)

9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night," "All About Eve," 1950.

10. "You talking to me?" "Taxi Driver," 1976.

11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate," "Cool Hand Luke," 1967.

12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning," "Apocalypse Now," 1979.

13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry," "Love Story," 1970.

14. "The stuff that dreams are made of," "The Maltese Falcon," 1941. (Great Quote but when it comes to the Falcon...well looks for your dreams somewhere else)

15. "E.T. phone home," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 1982.

16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!", "In the Heat of the Night," 1967.

17. "Rosebud," "Citizen Kane," 1941. (Know what that means people. You have to watch the whole movie to find out)

18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!", "White Heat," 1949.

19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!", "Network," 1976. (Thank Goodness for Talk Radio these days)

20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," "Casablanca," 1942.

Here are some notable quoteables quote between 21 and 100. I don't list them all but they are real biggies and the ones I like a lot.

22. "Bond. James Bond," "Dr. No," 1962. (Keep in mind that was the first time we heard that one people)

23. "There's no place like home," "The Wizard of Oz," 1939. (Miss being in Black & White don't ya Dorothy as much as you miss Kansas??? Darn it was just dream...Or was it)

25. "Show me the money!", "Jerry Maguire," 1996. (Great statement when it comes to asking for the proof.)

28. "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By,'" "Casablanca," 1942 (Its NOT Play it "Again" Sam stupid)

31. "After all, tomorrow is another day!", "Gone With the Wind," 1939.

32. "Round up the usual suspects," "Casablanca," 1942.

33. "I'll have what she's having," "When Harry Met Sally...," 1989. (Damm your so good when you do. Want to spend some time in MY sack Sally??? Oh I'm am not Harry...damm :( )

35. "You're gonna need a bigger boat," "Jaws," 1975. (Indeed!!!)

36. "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!", "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," 1948.

37. "I'll be back," "The Terminator," 1984. (When Arnold said that it became it phrase he would use in other roles too)

39. "If you build it, he will come," "Field of Dreams," 1989.

40. "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get," "Forrest Gump," 1994.

41. "We rob banks," "Bonnie and Clyde," 1967. (Just don't say that to strangers. They might turn you to the cops)

43. "We'll always have Paris," "Casablanca," 1942. (Yep the movies upheld morals in those days. Like being faithful to your husband)

48. "Well, nobody's perfect," "Some Like It Hot," 1959. (Old Hat)

49. "It's alive! It's alive!", "Frankenstein," 1931. (When people play God, bad things can happen. More so to what was created. Frankie just wanted a friend)

50. "Houston, we have a problem," "Apollo 13," 1995. (How true that was.)

51. "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?", "Dirty Harry," 1971. (Don't want to mess Clint now do ya

52. "You had me at `hello,'" "Jerry Maguire," 1996. (Sometimes you need to tell people where you had them)

55. "La-dee-da, la-dee-da," "Annie Hall," 1977. (Wasn't that from a Sonny & Cher song???)

56. "A boy's best friend is his mother," "Psycho," 1960. (Except when Mother goes Psycho)

57. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good," "Wall Street," 1987. (You know what Mr. Stone as in Oliver. GREED IS GOOD YOU STINKING SOCIALIST!!!! I'll just make it a postitve. The goal to better yourself is what made America great. Take that away, and a country goes down the drain. I had to make a public policy statement on this one...back to the list)

58. "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer," "The Godfather Part II," 1974. (How True that is)

59. "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again," "Gone With the Wind," 1939.

60. "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!", "Sons of the Desert," 1933. (I've got nothing to say)

61. "Say `hello' to my little friend!", "Scarface," 1983. (Lock n' Load)

62. "What a dump," "Beyond the Forest," 1949.

64. "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!", "Dr. Strangelove," 1964.

65. "Elementary, my dear Watson," "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," 1929.

66. "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape," "Planet of the Apes," 1968.

67. "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine," "Casablanca," 1942. (Love Stinks)

68. "Here's Johnny!", "The Shining," 1980. (...and his last name is not Carson)

69. "They're here!", "Poltergeist," 1982.

71. "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!", "The Jazz Singer," 1927. (Regardless if this line was mistake it was for sure an Omen of what was to come regarding the sliver screen. First Talkie ya know.)

72. "No wire hangers, ever!", "Mommie Dearest," 1981. (Man I loved when Michael Savage used this regarding lefty women in high places)

76. "Hasta la vista, baby," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," 1991. (However that statement was used before T2 by other people. )

77. "Soylent Green is people!", "Soylent Green," 1973. (Better off not to know, especially if that is the only thing you can feed yourself with)

79. Striker: "Surely you can't be serious." Rumack: "I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley," "Airplane!", 1980. (No big lines from the Airport movies of the 70's which this mockery Airplane was based upon. Still deserves to be in the 100)

80. "Yo, Adrian!", "Rocky," 1976. (Key word here people is "Yo")

82. "Toga! Toga!", "National Lampoon's Animal House," 1978. (Come on people join the chant)

87. "Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!", "42nd Street," 1933. (Sounds like a person who would tell that to a Britney, Xtina, Etc.)

89. "Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper," "Knute Rockne, All American," 1940. (Thanks Ronnie, for your vision in more ways than just a movie line)

90. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred," "Goldfinger," 1964. (Goldfinger was the first time we knew how Bond wanted his martini's done)

94. "I feel the need — the need for speed!", "Top Gun," 1986. (Just don't get caught)

97. "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," 1942. (It does not have be your family to use this quote. Your friends and parts of the body will do just fine.)

99. "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!", "The Wizard of Oz," 1939. (Please spare Toto...PLEASE!!!)

100. "I'm king of the world!", "Titanic," 1997. (Yea, Yea, Yea Jack you did Rose now shut up and go away)

So many quotes but I did not list them all, to see ALL the quotes Click right here Kid.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tonight's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

Don't forgive Durbin just yet. Read this from David Limbaugh.

Durbin pals with the terriorists or so says Mychal Massie

Whine, women & song. Mark Steyn talks about the Dems and Gittmo

Breaking the Durbin code. Hugh Hewitt helps out in this task

Thomas Sowell gives a history lession when Bilingualism was King...In Germany

That Old Black Government Magic STILL has us under its spell. Bill Murchison talks about it.

Jay Bryant talks about the Dems apologizing

Tonights Token Lefty is Robert Scheer. He delights when the GOP breaks ranks with Bush. He prays (to whomever) that this will cost us ANOTHER loss, and allow the demgogs to rule the little people...This time in Iraq

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Monday, June 20, 2005

Tonight's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

"A politics of war, a politics of upheaval, lie just ahead," warns Pat Buchanan

Real tax cuts have curves. Good Reading from Stephen Moore

Joseph Farah calls for troops to be put at our borders

Newt G. explains why John Bolton should go to the UN and why America needs someone like him.

Phyllis Schlafly shows how banning DDT only helps the carriers (mosquitoes) of Malaria. You don't want to get THAT or West Nile. MUST READ!!!

School Choice under fire once again. This time in Florida. Star Parker shows us the real agenda behind the people who want a government school monopoly and making you pay twice if you want and able to bypass the Government Schools.

Doug Bandow shows how Enviormental acts like Kyoto terminate our economy

Token Leftys

EJ Dionne who is more left of center, asks if those who try to make Michael Schavio the Grim Reaper will stop doing that...Doubt It and as a Libertarian they really should.

Our troops died so that the GOP could take the Senate. No Thom (Hartman) the GOP took the Senate because your pal Tom Dassle (don't care how to spell that jerk's name) and then some kept using that fillbuster to block good judges that might keep this country from being turned into the new Soviet Union. I don't need to read his piece to figure it out but I shall link it for the rest of you to read.

Other Things

Today's Cyberalert from Media Research Center. Clinton's number fan says Iraq worse than Vietnam, Cookie Cutter finds time for 'Dowing Street Memo' but not for Durbin, and how our Modern News Media could have prevented the birth of this nation.

Neal's (Boortz) thoughts on Jeb Bush trying to prove Michael Schivo is a bad man, how much they paid Jennifer "Cold Feet" Willbanks, Clinton jumping on the 'Close Gitmo' band wagon and grunnting on the tennis court

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Weekend Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

Be sure to read my piece on Dick Durbin following these readings.

Random thoughts from Robert Novak

This next piece is a MUST READ as Paul Jacob talks about how health care is ran in the Great White North, and how socialized health care eventually leads to NO CHOICE!!!

Ronald Bailey seconds that

George Will talks about a tragic event that would spark the civil rights movement.

This sounds like a great ideal. A "Higher-rate Optional Tax" (or H.O.T. for short) for guilt ridden leftys who feel guilty of getting a tax cut. Deory Murdock talks about it, and those limo leftys who should support it. He quotes them too.

Christopher Preble and Marian L. Tupy has some things to say about farm protectionism and how it harms than helps

Henry Lamb once again has a MUST READ!!! Says this is a great time to leave the dreaded UN when they are one step closer to getting a 'global tax.'

Charles Krauthammer advocates doing away with bilingual education and have high standards of learning the English language.

Jerry Fallwell is calling upon social rightys (which I am NOT!!!) to call and/or write Kraft Foods (includes the Post, Nabisco, Oscar Mayer, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Capri Sun, and Maxwell House brands) and express their disapointment for being a sponsor of this years "Gay Games." When the Religious Right somehow and someday makes MORE money than the GLBT's, then they might listen to ya Dr. Fallwell.

SAFE Instead of Patriot Act??? Just what is SAFE??? Find out about that from tonights Token Lefty Senator Russ Feingold

Bonus: Katrina vanden Heuvel is hoping for "The Beginning of the End?" By the way Heuvel is the publisher of the far left wing rag The Nation

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Richard J. Durbin's stand aganist the War and his choice of words

Last year I got into an E-Mail debate with two college music students that I knew, over a holiday stamp promoting the Islamic Religion via our own Post Office. One of them decided to play the "Diversity" card with me, and downhill it went from there.

One of biggest things they misunderstood was that of ideals and those who calls themselves patriots and what they envision for the nation they love (or not). What I tried to tell them was that Hitler was a patriot to Germany. After all he fought in the German army you know. He just thought Germany would be better off without any Jews. Well these enlightened musicians thought yours truly was calling them Nazis and all that wonderful stuff.

Bottom line is that these two musicians are full blown leftys who want to see the United States embrace more and more a socialist type of government. Which now brings me to my thoughts on Senator Richard (Dick) Durbin, Democrat from Illinois. A few days ago he made this statement that made the "right wing noise machine" crazy once again, and yes it should make them crazy. Here is that statement.

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."

Above statement was taken from

Durbin likes to keep reminding us that this FBI agent is the one who expressed and that Durbin was just a messenger. Neverless the Arab news network Al Jazeera picked up this story right away. I don't have to tell you about how Al Jazeera slants its news in favor of the Islamo-Terriorists. I have been told that AJ published this before our own news media reported it.

Durbin to my knowledge is still standing behind his statements and has gone on to talk shows that will play softball with him such the Sith Lord of Progressive Talk Ed Schultz and Spike O'Dell of WGN radio in Chicago. Hugh Hewitt got hold of what was said on O'Dell's program and highlighted the exchange on his website.

Q. No regrets on the statements you made?

Durbin: No, I don't, and I'll tell you why. I went to the floor and read a memo from the FBI. This isn't something I made up. It was a memo that was unclassified, was disclosed, and I'm going to take, if I can ask you to bear with me, I'm going to read the highlights of it because it really sets the stage for my comments....[reads investigator memo] It goes on and on and on. I read this into the record because there has been a lot of controversy about what is happening in Guantanamo Bay where we have held 500 to 700 people for some times up to two and a half years with no charges. The Supreme Court has ruled that this Administration's new interrogation policy under Secretary Rumsfeld violates basic rights and I said if I just read this to you and you didn't know where it came from, where would you think this could happen? In the Nazi regime, in the soviet regime? Sadly it happened under Americans. Now the point I was trying to make is, we have departed from standards of conduct which presidents of both parties have played by for over 50 years, and we shouldn't be doing this....

Q. So what you just read there was verbatim and when you read it into the record, it was exactly what was there and there was nothing else added to it?

Durbin: Exactly. And I will tell you what happened afterwards. There was a tremendous reaction, first from the White House, negative reaction, calling my statements reprehensible, demanding some apology to our troops. If you'll listen to this memo, they never say that there was an American soldier involved except an MP guarding a detainee. They talk about interrogators. We don't know if they are from intelligence agencies, private contractors, like Abu Graihb, we have no idea what they are. But I wasn't disparaging our troops. Our troops are following orders. I'm saying the orders coming down from the top are just plain wrong....

Q. I guess one of the reasons people are having such a hard time with this one, is when comparisons are made and you use names like Nazis and Soviet gulags, when you are talking Nazis there were what, 9 million people killed in the camps there. The gulags had about 3 million and so forth. And I know Gitmo is not the Holiday Inn down there, but I don't think anyone has died down there, have they?

Durbin: No, that's true. In all fairness, they did not. But I don't believe we were dealing with deaths at Abu Ghraib either. We were dealing with a situation where when people saw the digital camera photographs, they said "My God! Americans should not be involved in that kind of conducrt." Now I will not demean or diminish the terrible atrocities that were commtted by the Soviets and the Nazis. The points I was, the point I was trying to make there was, if I just read this to you and say "What kind of country, what kind of governemtn would do that," and you'd think of some of the most repressive regimes in history. Sadly this FBI report says its being done by our government. I don't know who in our government. But it should stop....

Q. Weren't you trying too ignite a fire politically speaking with these comments?

Durbin: The comments I made were a day before a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Guantanamo Bay. The hearing was called by Republican Senator Arlen Specter. And to his credit, and I said it publicly when I went to the meeting, he had the courage to do it, because we just don't have investigative hearings on Capitol Hill of this Adminsitration and this war. We just don't do it. And sadly a lot of things have gone unanswered. My point in taking this to the floor and reading into the record this FBI document, this report from this FBI agent, was to make it clear that the criticisms of Guantanamo Bay go to some very fundamental American values. And that we need to take care not to do things that are going to do damage to our reputation or in any way endanger our troops.

Q. Interrogators are the ones who are fault here...Wouldn't the interrogation techniques still be suspect, regardless of where these prisoners are housed?

Durbin: They don't have to be. In terms of closing Guantanamo Bay, yes I have joined in that chorus, but I have quickly added, just changing the address of these detainees isn't going to change the situation. We have to get back and ask some basic questions. Why did this president decide to abandon the Geneva conventions, the first president since we signed on to them after World War II, why did he decide that this war on terror require the kind of interrogation techniques that we have criticised in other nations? Why have we gone this far?...

Q: How would you get information from them...They are pumping Christine Aguilera music in there, and all that stuff, what would you do different?

Durbin: I think you would agree, Spike, that if that there were visual images, digital photos, of what I just described to you in this FBI memo, it would be comparable to many of the things we saw in Abu Ghraib, and the American people said that just isn't who we are. That isn't what we stand for. There are methods of interrogation. There's reward and punishment. But you don't have to reach the point where you have someone chained to the floor for over 24 hours in their own urine and feces, tearing their hair out as they go into madness, I mean, that does not apper to me to be an effective way to interrogate anyone and come up with reliable information.
Q: Are you surprised at all this backlash?

Durbin: Yes, I am. Well, I shouldn't be. I have seen it happen before. What happens is this, for your listeners, so they understand now. The people on the other side, the president's supporters, have a pretty substantial newtwork behind them. The first thing they do when they get angry and decide to focus on something, my statement obviously was their focus, they start their blogs, which I don't pay a lot of attention to but some people do. The next thing you know is it moves into this talk radio. I became a poster child for Rush Limbaugh. He put my number on his radio show. People called from all around the country. The Washington Times, a very conservative, Republican newspaper, puts a front page story about me on there. The White House lashes out to me, and pretty soon the mainstream media , it just follows. It has happened time and time again. They have a good way of starting the news when they want to protect the president, but the reality is, as the poll numbers show this morning, despite all this effort, the American people are very worried about what's happening in Iraq. We have lost 1700, I want to say 1710, that was yesterday, I think we have now lost 1713 soldiers. I have attended the funerals. I have sent notes to tthe families. This is a sad situation with no end in site, and the president's approval for handling this war is at an all time low.

Q. Would you consider taking up the Pentagon on their offer to go down there and tour the whole thing?

Durbin: Yes, you know, I have tried several times, and they cancelled it for a variety of reasons, but I would certainly do it again. The problem with it Spike, just to be honest with you, is that when they bring in VIPs, you can just guarantee that you are going to see the very best of the best. You aren't going to see any troublig situations. And people are very guarded in their comments. Not that I wouldn't want to see it, and not that I disagree with your premise that no one has died there. We are providing basic care for people who are there. But obviously there have been some excesses. This FBI memo points to it. It is the kind of thing that happened at Abu Ghraib. It is the kind of thing that shouldn't happen any more in the future.

I don't care if it is Durbin himself or a faceless FBI agent. What you have here are people that are giving ammunition to the terrorist. What we are doing in Gittmo is far from what the Nazis and KGB and even far from what the TV character Jack Bauer (24) would do to get information to fight the bad guys.

Playing music from Pop vixens, extreme temperatures, dripping water etc is a cake walk. However knowing how the left does not like to inflict pain on anyone, they would rather see the prisoners put in a 'time out' if anything.

Understand people that these prisoners are spies and were NOT wearing the uniform of their respected nation. If they had uniform on, then and only then would that Geneva Convention come into effect. If we wanted to, we could have executed these prisoners for being spies. Now that would make the 'bleeding hearts and artists' go into overdrive to make the United States look like Neanderthals (think back to those Caveman days).

Sadly the left would extend the Geneva Convention to the spies and make it harder for the United States to fight back. Keep in mind that liberals believe in peace through cooperation, trust, and goodwill. Meaning that we need to talk and talk and talk and talk etc etc etc until we reach some understanding. Does not always work and that means you have to bring peace through using strength and doing what it takes to make the peace. Sadly the amount of strength is being stifled because of the left's misguided ways which could cost win a victory in the Middle East along with Vietnam.

Yes we are losing the war in the Middle East. That is because of the Democrats and their allies across the board who are more concerned about getting power in Congress along with electing Hillary Clinton to the oval office along with the Republicans (George W. Bush included) who are intimidated by their rival party.

Oh well at least I feel better about what happen last year. Maybe those young and dumb musicans were just playing mind games with me. Just like Turbin Durbin...maybe not, but then again what I said to the idiot musicans gets twisted and what Durbin says is taken as the Holy Gospel.

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