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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato...

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Tomato-Tomato

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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Joe Scarborough Suffers Breakdown On Camera

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Morning Joe Rumors are rampant across the internet and cable chatters that Joe Scarborough might be heading for a forced vacation after his tirade over the parenting skills of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's father Robert on Morning Joe today. He suffered a total and quite embarrassing breakdown in an interface with Chuck Todd. Watch it for yourself. It's not pretty. Let's collectively send our prayers and best wishes to Joe for a speedy recovery.

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Michigan's Rape Insurance -- A Tragic Catch-22

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We all know what a Catch-22 is: A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions. Or to borrow from the famous New England expression when asked for directions, "You can't get there from here."

And that is the condition in the state of Michigan as of Thursday, March 13, 2014: you can't get there from here.

Legislation known as "The Rape Insurance bill," which passed in the Republican dominated state house has become law. Yes, wake up all you sleepy-head women in Michigan!  As of today, if you get raped, and somehow become preggers despite what Todd Akin said, your insurance will no longer cover an abortion. Well, that's not fully true. Insurance companies can cover this procedure if you purchased a separate rape insurance policy -- in advance.

So, all you have to do is plan ahead for your next rape. C'mon, women - take some personal responsibility! Is that so much to ask? After all, it generally takes two to tango, if you catch my drift.

Just go out and get some rape insurance. Don't make a big to-do out of this. It's for your own protection. I mean we all have auto insurance because everyone gets into a fender bender from time to time. And we hopefully now all have health insurance (ACA) because sooner or later we all have medical issues. So why not just carry rape insurance?

Well, that's a good question. Sadly the answer isn't quite as good. NO INSURANCE CARRIERS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN CARRY RAPE INSURANCE.

It seems there's a mandated insurance coverage should this situation arise, but not a mandated provider for that coverage. That's the Catch-22. There's where the insanity lies. And that's why you can't get there from here.

This is literally all the Republican's fault. And Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill into law.

If you want to feel the outrage, listen to Rachel Maddow railing over this last night.

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Young Moochers in Utah Get Their Lunches Taken Away - Serves Them (and their Dads) Right!

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The photo is from this page: http://helpmegrowutah.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html

The photo is from this page: http://helpmegrowutah.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html

The picture above.....as luck would have it, I found this picture on a page about the importance of children in Utah eating healthy lunches.....what irony!  No money, no eatee in at least one Utah school which took lunches away from children whose parents had gotten behind in their meal payments.  The cafeteria actually served them lunch, took it back, and threw it away because the parents, not the children, were in arrears with the lunch money.  Looks yummy, doesn't it? Here's the page it's from: Help Me Grow, Utah.

The nerve of these children thinking that they deserve a free lunch!

Apparently the Bible believers are perfectly okay with this behavior because it says in Exodus 20:5 that "You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me."   So no lunch today, kids...we'll let you look at it, smell it, anticipate eating it...then watch us throw it in the trash because of your fathers' iniquities.

Here's the story on Daily KOS

If these kids want to eat, they should work! Stop depending on their parents...stop believing that the school would care enough about its students to actually be sure they could make it through the day. They could be janitors, shine shoes for their teachers, clean the blackboard, discipline other students, wash the principal's car...but no free lunches...after all, who the hell do they think they are?  Children?

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