We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Regarding the "torture report". Is it really true that if we have another 9/11 style attack that we shouldn't waterboard the mastermind so that we can save thousands of American lives? Is that really what Sen Feinstein means? Should we simply bear the brunt of the attack and shake it off? Is that how the survivors and families of 9/11 victims feel? It all seems so crazy to me. But at the same time the left is telling us to let the Ferguson rioters burn buildings, loot, beat up hapless victims and even kill people because, well, because they are dumb inner city folks and don't know any better. How is allowing criminal acts of violence to get more "free stuff" good and coercive interrogation to save lives bad? The irony that the very same people can take such conflicting views is mindboggling. In my humble opinion the only thing that the law enforcement and politicians can do to mitigate the harm that they have created by allowing this violence to go on and on is to scrupulously study all the video taken at these riots in an attempt to identify criminal acts and arrest and prosecute the perpetrator.
In that same vein, would she also say that carpet bombing Europe during World War II should be considered in the same way. Was it worth it to kill innocent women and children in order to stop Hitler? I would say, 'yes.'
And what about bombing Hiroshima? Innocents were killed, but was it worth it? YES.
100 times yes.
This type of 'torture' harmed no one but the bad guys. I have no problems with this, because at the time we were dealing with unknown enemies hidden throughout the world. The two towers had fallen in NY, many innocent Americans died horrible deaths...we should not question the tactics that were used in order to find the bad guys. Bad stuff happens in wars. That is the only way to win most of the time...and you have to look past those things and see the end result.
Let's not stop at gender reassignment surgery. Anorexics should get liposuction and stomach bands; older beauty queens facial reconstruction, young teens boob jobs or penis enhancements. Ans since this about how I should look can someone else pay for my wardrobe, haircuts, even my cool car?
Actually those helicopter moms would probably agree with this.