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Human Rights Watch Criticizes U.S. More than Iran, North Korea and Other Tyrannies

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:50 pm - January 18, 2006.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Liberals,Media Bias

Today on its front newspage, with the title, “Rights group report calls U.S. abuse deliberate,” Yahoo highlighted an article on a Human Rights Watch (HRW) World Report 2006 which claimed that, “In 2005 it became disturbingly clear that the abuse of detainees had become a deliberate, central part of the Bush administration’s strategy of interrogating terrorist suspects.” This AP article seemed more interested in presenting the spin of this group than in telling the truth as it called water-boarding, an interogation technique used by CIA investigations to get information from captured terrorists as “an age-old torture technique.” Other MSM outlets will pick up this group’s report and will continue to promote a distorted view of U.S. policy–given the inherent anti-American bias of HRW.

It is not a report based on solid evidence, but on bias. And its conclusion that the alleged abuse was deliberate is at odds with more serious investigations.

Not only did the report misrepresent the Bush Administration’s record on torture, repeating discredited allegations featured on left-wing web-sites and in the MSM, it also seethed with contempt for policies of a past Republican administration. It reads more like an anti-Republican screed from some left-wing blog than a dispassionate account of a non-partisan human rights watchdog.

Thus, it did not surprise me when I did a google search of Executive Director Kenneth Roth to learn that he had written for the left-wing magazine The Nation, was featured as a speaker on Alternative Radio’s web-site (which, on its right side-bar includes an archive of programs by America-hater Noam Chomsky) and had been named a Pravda Personality of the Week.

While his group does look into some of the serious violations of human rights around the word, notably in the Sudanese province of Darfur, it dwells on those committed in the U.S. Even after the Schlesinger report found that abuses at Abu Ghraib “were not part of authorized interrogations nor were they even directed at intelligence targets“, HRW, like Andrew Sullivan, is obsessed with what happened on one night at that prison.

Indeed, the sexual degradation glimpsed in the Abu Ghraib photos was so outlandish that it made it easier for the Bush administration to deny having had anything to do with it�to pretend that the abuse erupted spontaneously at the lowest levels of the military chain of command and could be corrected with the prosecution of a handful of privates and sergeants. 

Um, the abuse there did “erupt spontaneously” as the trials and convictions of those involved prove.

But, non-partisan invtestigations and trials of the perpetrators of those abuses haven’t stopped HRW from condemning the Bush Administration. Indeed, it even blames the U.S. for terrorists groups which target civilians, noting that they “took place in the context of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the ensuing military occupation that resulted in tens of thousands of civilian deaths and sparked the emergence of insurgent groups.” This is absurd. Suggesting the U.S. is responsible for the conduct of its enemies. One would hope that these words would cause most serious reporters to dismiss HRW as a crank outfit. Instead, AP uses the quote in its article.

The U.S. didn’t cause the so-called “insurgent” groups to murder the people for whom they are ostensibly fighting. They themselves chose to target civilians. Most insurgent groups limit themselves to attacking the troops of the “occupying” power. And yet, HRW blames America suggesting that our supposedly nefarious actions somehow excuse terrorists for murdering children.

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70’s Teen Idol Arrested

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:58 pm - January 18, 2006.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

I debated teasing y’all and putting the photo after a jump to make you guess which teen idol it is. But that would be too cruel, eh?

Former teen idol Leif Garrett in LA jail – Reuters

Former teen idol Leif Garrett spent the weekend in a Los Angeles jail after being arrested for failing to pay his subway fare and being under the influence of drugs, police said on Wednesday.

How much you wanna bet we will see ol’ Leif on an upcoming episode of “The Surreal Life“?

But what is really cruel is this 90′s-era photo of Mr. Garrett.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

The Democrats’ “Contagious Optimism”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:21 am - January 18, 2006.
Filed under: Liberals,War On Terror

There’s quite a damning piece up at TownHall.com by David Limbaugh regarding the SurrenderCrats’ two latest “Unhinged Liberals.”

Unlike our president, who spent Martin Luther King Day paying respectful tribute to MLK and Abraham Lincoln, Democratic Party notables, Hillary Clinton and Albert Gore, used the holiday as another opportunity to character-assassinate President George W. Bush.

If one could momentarily suspend his powers of discernment, he could almost sympathize with a woman saddled with the dilemma of trying to sound reasonable without permanently alienating that cabal of reliably unreasonable malcontents. But alas, Hillary obviously has no real beef with her base on principle, and from time to time, it insists she demonstrate her loyalty by paying homage to its cynicism and hysteria.

But as regrettable as Hillary’s remarks were, they were anemic compared to the rantings of that poster boy for instability Albert Gore, who, you may recall with horror, came within one state’s electoral vote of being president.

After accusing President Bush of virtual tyranny and depicting America as on the brink of ruin, Gore closed by protesting, “I am filled with optimism that America is on the eve of a golden age … ”

Old Albert could have fooled me. He sounds more like George Bernard Shaw’s description of a pessimist — one who “thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”

Either way, I just hope Albert and Hillary continue to spread their contagious optimism between now and November 2008.

Despite the wails of protest I received with this posting a couple weeks ago…. I would like to pose this question yet again: When does protesting and complaining turn into sedition, treason and emboldening our enemies?

Seems to me Al Gore would be in jail today under any other President in a time of war. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to sacrifice Al Gore’s civil liberties to protect the Republic and the Constitution as a whole.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Let the NSA Collect the Dots!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:19 am - January 18, 2006.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America,War On Terror

The video is self-explanatory (hat tip: JunkYard Blog)


(Click here for QuickTime version)
(Click here for WindowsMedia version)

As Instapundit would say…. watch the whole thing!

Our greatest weapon against al-Qaeda is our information technology capability; don’t let the Gore/HClinton/Kerry/Dean/Boxer/Kennedy Democrats and their buddies at the ACLU disarm America in wartime!

Remember folks, the Constitution is not a suicide pact!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

My Bet Was On SpiderMan….

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:06 am - January 18, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging,Post 9-11 America

…..except for that fear of heights thing. I guess I trust the cape more than my fingers to keep me above street level…

Your results:

You are Superman

Superman
90%
Green Lantern
70%
Spider-Man
60%
Hulk
60%
Iron Man
60%
Supergirl
52%
Robin
52%
The Flash
50%
Catwoman
40%
Wonder Woman
37%
Batman
30%
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Click here to take the “Which Superhero am I?” quiz…

(Hat tip: NakedBoyChronicles)

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Bridget on Media-Manipulating Mass Murderers

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:20 am - January 18, 2006.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Liberals

Bridget Johnson (AKA GOP Vixen) has a thoughtful piece in today’s OpinionJournal on how certain murderers, including the late Stanley “Tookie” Williams, manipulate celebrity activists and other death penalty opponents. She notes how despite claims of Williams’ redemption, he had done nothing to help “authorities clean up the Crips network.” He, like other murderers before him who gained media favor, was a “master manipulator.”

Bridget contends that the same skills that helped Tookie to achieve success on the streets also helped him convince Hollywood that he had changed: “He was a gang leader, which requires a certain arm-twisting ability not only to keep operations running, but to recruit and build ranks.” As usual, Bridget has a great column. And this one includes a chilling anecdote about Ted Bundy. Since she does a much better job of relating that story — and making her point — than I ever could, just read the whole thing!