Tuesday, July 15, 2008


So, I was all set to end my summer blogging vacation with a little ditty about the Baseball All Star Game and how it may show the first step has been taken toward a new, better era in baseball. There are an incredible number of first-timers playing, which I was going to connect to another trend-that of the younger teams doing surprisingly well this season-and surmise that the testing for steroids and-some say more importantly-amphetamines may be showing results with, surprise, surprise, a world where 27 year-old athletes perform better than 38 year-olds.

But then this came across my google home page and ruined everything:

It brings up a couple questions:
-Is bringing someone to this point really effective? Apparently the interrogators who pack up and leave don't think so. I don't know jack squat about interrogation-outside of an assistant principal's office, where I am a decorated veteran-but this stuff has been denounced as foolish and ineffective by those very few with actual wartime experience.

and secondly...

-Is this really who we want to be?


  1. Yeah, those are the two obvious questions- is it effective? and is this who we are?

    Even if only one was answered with a no, that should be enough

  2. (It's not easy following catboy with a comment.)

    I think this is a glaring example of our decline as a society.
    Tip of the iceberg.

  3. Yes well I'm afraid it's not what we've become - at this point it's what we are..and it's scary. There are many people in Gitmo who don't belong - you might be interested in the documentary The Road to Guantanamo - well it's part documentary and part dramatization but it's very interesting...however kinda infuriating too..here's a link to more clips and info http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468094/

    enjoying your blog...- tina.

  4. Awful.

    That pretty much sums it up for me.

  5. I did a lesson in my Teaching History class where we had to treat certain people poorly based on nothing more than the color star they were assigned (it was about the Holocaust). We did simple things, like offering certain people a chair, only paying attention to some. Torture wasn't on the menu. And I couldn't do it, not even when the people involved understood the lesson and why they were being treated poorly. Not even for a few minutes, I just couldn't do it.

    Pushing someone to that point is incomprehensible to me.