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Bill Day: 'CIA Torture'

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Bill Day's award-winning cartoons are syndicated in more than 900 newspapers worldwide four times a week through CagleCartoons.com syndication service. Day has won the Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists six times--in 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2001, and 2000. The recipient of two Robert F. Kennedy Awards--2010 and 1985. He has also been honored with the National Headliner Award, the John Fischetti Award, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Editorial Cartoons, The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and a host of many other awards.

Day began his career in 1980 with the Philadelphia Bulletin. He has also worked for the Detroit Free Press and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. In 2009 he was laid off at The Commercial Appeal. Bill won three national awards the following year. Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.

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British women join ISIS police force responsible for punishing Muslims who break strict sharia law

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British female jihadis are running an ultra-religious police force that punishes women for un-Islamic behaviour in territory controlled by Islamist terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. Conrad Black: The West has a winning hand, but our leaders are increasingly shilly-shalliers Despite the rise of international organizations and the globalization of news and popular culture, it is…

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War. What is it good for ?

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Absolutely Nothing [besides the rich patently seeing how much they can hoard and how many minions they want to herd up to vote against their own interests].

There's not even a fencepost in sight about ISIS/ISIL … they can't seem to come up with a moniker that sticks, nor does anyone but John McGrumpus et al want to call this conflict A War.

As a country, think we are seriously fatigued of buying one war and getting two wars for free.

Morning Schmoe and Mika must have to practice newly horrified(!) faces at home for use in front of the camera, gawd those two can annoy with the speed of sound.

And they sometimes fall backasswards into great stories. From MSNBC.

Another edifying segment arose about the foreign affairs boondoggle.

It's as if any Republican gets caught within shouting range of the Democrat president and they're indignant, idiotically, irrationally writing it in The Family Bible right before the 'Don't Tread On Me' Gadsden flag was deployed and unfurled to serve as a magic cape on the Hill.

Absolutely nothin"!

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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato...

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No more tomato-tomato.  "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."

Over the past two days, more information regarding James Foley's incarceration by ISIS and ultimate beheading has come to light. The State Department has released information that the captors had used waterboarding on Foley and others who they still hold as prisoners.

Immediately the press jumped on this with sensationalist fervor -- ISIS accused of torturing American hostages.

Really?

Where was this shock and horror when George Bush, Dick Cheney and the CIA authorized the very same horrific and shameful actions? Of course then, it wasn't called torture because we were doing it and the recipients weren't Americans. Under those circumstances it was was blissfully called "enhanced interrogations."

The games the Republicans play with words. Semantics.. And we as Americans just turned our heads to that one. Even John McCain, reportedly tortured while a prisoner of war in Viet Nam, came out against torture BUT he gave his sanctimonious approval to "enhanced interrogations." What two faced criminals these guys are.

Why the double standard? Waterboarding is torture. It was before the US started doing it and it is when/if we continue to do it.

By now most reporting of our shameful abundant usage of waterboarding has been curtailed. But accepting that practice for what it is still hasn't. Only the hypocritical outrage in the press seems to have changed.  HUFFPO:

Interestingly, while the Post has, like most mainstream outlets, typically been reluctant to call methods such as waterboarding "torture" when it was practiced by Americans, the paper had no apparent problem calling what ISIS did to Foley "torture."

That brings us back to the headline, the George and Ira Gershwin's song. The correct title of that tune is  Let's Call The Whole Thing Off. Isn't it really time we take that to heart? Waterboarding is torture. We did it. We may still do it. We shouldn't be hypocrites. It's not to say Bush/Cheney were the first to use it, but they brought it back into vogue. We shouldn't be shocked to find out it's now being done to us. Lay blame where it belongs -- on all war criminals. We reap what we sow. Poor James Foley and his fellow prisoners were made to endure such horrors. Would it have been done to them if we hadn't done it? That's a question I hope Bush and Cheney lie awake at night pondering. That, of course is assuming either of them has the capacity to think or a conscience to satisfy.

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