Sunday, October 5, 2008
[1882 - Robert (Hutchings) Goddard, rocket science pioneer, born in Worcester, Massachusetts]
[1902 - Larry Fine (Louis Feinberg), comedian, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
[1902 - Ray Kroc, entrepreneur, born in Chicago]
[1908 - Joshua (Lockwood) Logan (III), producer, director, writer, born in Texarkana, Texas]
[1947 - Harry Truman asks the American people via TV from White House not to eat meat on Tuesdays, or poultry on Thursdays, to save grain for the starving in Europe]
[1953 - Earl Warren sworn in as 14th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court]
[1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer wins Nobel Prize for literature]
Peter, Peter, Prisoner Beater
Peter, Peter, Prisoner Beater,
Had a suspect and couldn't keep her.
Put her in a Gitmo holding cell,
And kept her indefinitely, if not so well.
Steven, Steven, covert operator,
Al-Qaida suspects; now get even.
Attached to high voltage generator.
Toasted them 'til done and steaming.
Beatings, threats, torture, mayhem,
We do them all and then nay say them.
When Commanders in Chief tear up the rules,
Troops take their cue; they are not fools.
President said it's a Christian Tradition.
High Court said not in our Constitution.
The Congress caved in - the soulless solons.
Torture not freedom is in the Eagle's talons.
William's Whimsical Words:
That we did this was not surprising; it has always been a part of war. That we lied about it afterwards and tried to pretend we were holier or more moral than the rest of mankind was plain stupid. That we should now acknowledge torture, embrace it, and try to immunize ourselves from its practice, is unamerican.
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