random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  I used to go to Mass with my friends, and I viewed the whole business as a lot of very enthralling hocus-pocus. There's a guy hanging upon the wall in the church, nailed to a cross and dripping blood, and everybody's blaming themselves for that man's torment, but I said to myself, "Forget it. I had no hand in that evil. I have no original sin Theres no blood of any sacred martyr an my hands. I pass on all of this" I gradually decided that just because I didn't have or couldn't find the ultimate answer didn't mean I was going to buy the religious fairytale. We should all struggle to the last to hold on to life, and religion encourages people to give up on making this life work because the supposed next life will be fairer. Religion is the source of too many of the world's worst problems. I believe that all important matters have to be settled here, not in the clouds somewhere after we kick off.

tagged: religion
  —Billy Joel

fafblog on durbin’s media humiliation

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005 3:34 pm

fafblog posted beautifully on the public humiliation of dick durbin. why did mainstream commentators commenting on the durbin scandal not comment regularly on the mis-reporting & mis-construing it as “durbin compares soldiers to nazis”? whatever! read fafblog: The Torturers Accept Your Apology. (6/21)

Senator Durbin:

Last week, you had the nerve to compare torture conducted by America’s brave men and women in uniform to torture conducted by Nazis, Soviets, and Khmer Rouge, and today you finally apologized. As well you should have: that comment was offensive. Deeply offensive. Many of the proud men and women at Guantanamo were deeply upset by it, shaking with anger, fear and doubt as they kicked naked men in the ribs and released the dogs. One soldier could hardly muster up the morale to brain a prisoner and stuff his semi-conscious head into a toilet bowl. But they found the strength and resolve to keep going, senator. Because they aren’t torturing for Nazis or communists or some third world hellhole. Those boys are torturing for the stars and stripes, senator – and don’t you forget it.

But the men and women in the United States military don’t just learn how to twist arms into stress positions and chain detainees to the ceiling. They also learn to forgive. And they’ve decided to forgive you, senator.

On behalf of all the torturers working hard today in the United States military, the Medium Lobster would like to say: apology accepted, Senator Durbin.

The boys in the 101st Thumbscrew Division would accept your heartfelt concession personally, but they’re busy serving the highest ideals of their country, beating a young Afghan man tied to the floor in his own feces. He is believed to be either a steadfast and vicious enemy of freedom intent on the murder of thousands of American citizens, or another cab driver. It’s so hard to keep track these days.

¶ posted by Medium Lobster at 2:35 PM Comments (21)

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