The most excellent Crooks & Liars has the video of White House propaganda catapultist, Dana Perino, flinging the richest and steamiest of horse shit. When confronted with questions regarding the situation in Pakistan, Perino, with a straight face, took the following position,
"Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?
MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no."
I'm sorry. But that is one of the fattest fucking lies I have ever seen delivered. At that point the gathered reporters should have just got the hell up and left. It is no longer even remotely likely that the Bush administration will deal in good faith. For six years, Bush, Cheney and a chorus line of sinister bastards have made it their mission to subvert, restrict and shred the Constitution of the United States of America at every turn. They have no credibility. They are corruption. FISA, Guantanamo, extraordinary renditions, unlawful combattants cum detainees, massive domestic wiretapping, Blackwater mercenaries, black site prisons, Iraq, Iraq, Iraq, torture, torture, torture, Habeas fuckin' Corpus...hell, there isn't enough left of that noble document to wipe a flea's ass.
I miss America. It was the big, brash, loud mouthed character next door that did a lot of stupid and annoying things but for the most part it's heart was in the right place. Now it's the chief exporter of murderous fibs, unchecked gluttony and wanton disregard. It makes me sick inside to see what has become of the "greatest nation on earth" and it makes me furious to see our own petulant, bullshit, new government licking their chops for the opportunity to more closely emulate that coven of villains. How dare a Canadian Prime Minister dismiss the values of this nation when it comes to capital punishment? It is not his job to supplant the democratically resolved position of the people of this nation with his own medieval notions. The out-sourcing of state sanctioned murder is not a Canadian value. It does not speak to getting tough on crime, it merely condones resolving one crime by committing a second crime.
If Stephen Harper is so sanguine about capital punishment then perhaps he'd be perfectly happy with other judicial barbarisms. There is a very small rate of petty theft in Saudi Arabia because the loss of a hand is a severe risk to take. Perhaps, as the Conservatives begin to show their true colours, we can dispense with the pretenses of civility and Stockwell and Steve can institute their own fundamentalist, cracker shari'ah. Spare us the lies and deceptions, quit pretending to the center, the cons are just that, a con. The sooner Canada sees through the smoke and shite steam, the sooner we can return to our values of basic decency and humanity.