The Monday Morning Teaser

It’s another week where there’s one obvious thing to talk about: torture. So this week’s featured post will be “5 Things to Understand about the Torture Report”. It should be out maybe 10ish. I will take the radical position that laws should be enforced and people who break them should stand trial, including people on my side if it comes to that.

The weekly summary begins with one aspect of the public response to the torture report: the people who are zealously against Big Government and its abuses of power — except when it’s abusing people they don’t like, either by torturing suspected terrorists or gunning down young black men. The technical term for this democracy-for-me/tyranny-for-thee position is herrenvolk democracy, which I’ll explain.

In other news, Congress avoided another government shutdown, but Wall Street had to be paid off first.

I almost covered the University of Virginia rape story when it first came out, but I ran out of space. That stroke of luck kept me from needing to correct the embarrassing comments I would have made, now that the story has blown up. But the villain here isn’t the woman whose memory of a traumatic night two years ago has holes in it, it’s Rolling Stone, which has done incalculable damage to rape victims everywhere by making a big splash with a sensational story it never checked out.

I’ll also review a wonderful book by an Armenian-American woman who lived in Turkey for two years, where she learned a lot about the complexity of ethnic conflict. And I’ll link to somebody else’s review of a book I hope to read soon, about the importance of the apocalypse in evangelical thinking.

Plus a bunch of other stuff and a typically silly closing.

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Comments

  • Dan  On December 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

    The obvious conservative reply to the radical idea of enforcing the law is “what about immigration.” And the clear response to the implication is “if you think that torture is okay how about you go on record supporting its legalization. ”

    When we (meaning reasonable people) think a law is bad we say it should be changed, not just ignored when it suits us. They (mostly republicans) seem to think that laws are immutable but shouldn’t be allowed to hamper actions they support. This is another way we’re different, and probably belongs in our mythic story.

  • Anonymous  On December 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I agree bad laws should be changed. But what about two grand juries not inditing the police officers involved in the killings? Are the laws they considered wrong? Did the police use reasonable force? When do we go beyond opinion and act on fact? Or are these situations so laced with emotion that we cannot act based on fact?

  • herb  On December 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I agree bad laws should be changed. But what about two grand juries not inditing the police officers involved in the killings? Are the laws they considered wrong? Did the police use reasonable force? When do we go beyond opinion and act on fact? Or are these situations so laced with emotion that we cannot act based on fact?

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