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Lesson 18: Something to Remember Amidst All the Torture Hysteria

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2005

From the Daily Telegraph:

The detainees in Guantanamo were certainly humiliated and made to feel extremely uncomfortable. They may have been deprived of light and sleep and forced to stand for long periods. But did it constitute torture? The US Department of Defence insists that none of the Britons even alleged they had been tortured or abused until October last year � and that when US officials investigated those claims, they not only found they had no foundation, but that one of the Britons had assaulted one of his interrogators.

The men’s claim that they were tortured at Guantanamo should also be set in the context of the al-Qa’eda training manual discovered during a raid in Manchester a couple of years ago. Lesson 18 of that manual, whose authenticity has not been questioned, emphatically states, under the heading “Prison and Detention Centres”, that, when arrested, members of al-Qa’eda “must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security investigators. [They must] complain to the court of mistreatment while in prison”. That is not, of course, proof that the Britons were not tortured in Guantanamo. But it ought to encourage some doubts about uncritically accepting that they were � which seems to be the attitude adopted by most of the media.

One thing about terroists; they know the lessons, and tend to follow the rules to the letter….

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History: Giving Terrorism the Finger Part II

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2005

Fanfare for the Common Man has seldom been put to better use than this moving slideshow of Iraqis voting yesterday.

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Evangelicals Get Noticed by the MSM

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2005

If you have never heard of Rick Warren, or his book The Purpose Driven Life, then chances are you aren’t an Evangelical. While Bill’s book, Hillary’s book, Clarke’s book and Moore’s diatribes stole the headlines of the MSM, The Purpose Driven Life has quietly sold 20 million copies, and is still climbing. This Time Cover and related articles does a good job of presenting this wide ranging, and increasingly influential, segment of American life.

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History: Giving Terrorism the Finger Part II

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2005

Fanfare for the Common Man has seldom been put to better use than this moving slideshow of Iraqis voting yesterday.

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History: Giving Terrorism the Finger

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2005



Iraq celebrated its freedom today, and the United States celebrated with them. The pictures are moving, as millions of Iraqis showed courage, literally risking their lives to do something Americans take for granted. Estimates of voter turnout range from 60 to 72 percent, a far higher turnout than in any recent election here. The price of freedom will continue to be high, but the fruits of freedom in a country like Iraq could be great.

There are those who said this day could never happen, and terrorists who murdered dozens to try to prevent it. But the election did happen, and hopefully heralds, in the words of Lincoln, a new birth of freedom.

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History: Giving Terrorism the Finger

Posted by Mark on January 30, 2005


Iraq celebrated its freedom today, and the United States celebrated with them. The pictures are moving, as millions of Iraqis showed courage, literally risking their lives to do something Americans take for granted. Estimates of voter turnout range from 60 to 72 percent, a far higher turnout than in any recent election here. The price of freedom will continue to be high, but the fruits of freedom in a country like Iraq could be great.

There are those who said this day could never happen, and terrorists who murdered dozens to try to prevent it. But the election did happen, and hopefully heralds, in the words of Lincoln, a new birth of freedom.

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Health Update Part III

Posted by Mark on January 29, 2005

Currently taking lots of pain meds, and still taking all my asthma meds as well.

The pain meds are the only reason I can sit at the computer for a few minutes to blog. The MDs are conferring on how to proceed. Looks like I’ve got disc fragments compressing a nerve, but the surgery may complicate the asthma. Any cortisone shots would aggravate glaucoma which has returned due to high doses of steroids related to the asthma. Sigh.

May have surgery within the next week or so. Hope so, as this is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase ” pain in the a**.” Blogging continues to be intermittent at best, due to not being able to sit for long. Again, thanks for the prayers and support. It is greatly appreciated.

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A Great Consumer Advocate Site

Posted by Mark on January 29, 2005

Rip Off Report .com is the site to go to for information on companies and shady recruiting practices. Plug a company in to the search bar, and look at what folks say about it. Fortunately, the company I work for isnt’ listed. Whew!

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Health Update Part III

Posted by Mark on January 29, 2005

Currently taking lots of pain meds, and still taking all my asthma meds as well.
The pain meds are the only reason I can sit at the computer for a few minutes to blog. The MDs are conferring on how to proceed. Looks like I’ve got disc fragments compressing a nerve, but the surgery may complicate the asthma. Any cortisone shots would aggravate glaucoma which has returned due to high doses of steroids related to the asthma. Sigh.

May have surgery within the next week or so. Hope so, as this is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase ” pain in the a**.” Blogging continues to be intermittent at best, due to not being able to sit for long. Again, thanks for the prayers and support. It is greatly appreciated.

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A Great Consumer Advocate Site

Posted by Mark on January 29, 2005

Rip Off Report .com is the site to go to for information on companies and shady recruiting practices. Plug a company in to the search bar, and look at what folks say about it. Fortunately, the company I work for isnt’ listed. Whew!

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