5 Things You May Not Know About Waterboarding
1. President Theodore Roosevelt had General Jacob H. Smith court-martial for not preventing waterboarding on the island of Samar during the Spanish American War of 1898 in the Philippines
2. Japanese soldiers were sentence to death after WWII for waterboarding Allied troops
3. In 1957 the French government ban the book “The Question”, which described first-hand how French paratroopers waterboarded a French journalist by the name of Henri Alleg
4. The first U.S. solider to be convicted for waterboarding an individual during a military conflict was Captain/Major Edwin F. Glenn. He was convicted of waterboarding Tobeniano Ealdama during the Spanish American War of 1898 in the Philippines
5. It is believed that during the Spanish Inquisition, waterboarding (called toca) had profound religious significance to the Inquisitors. Toca is believed to symbolize Christian baptism during the Inquisition of “heretics”
Last night I sat through about 100 hours of people over reacting to Mr. Holder's comment that when it comes to race relations we are a "nation of cowards" (Please keep in mind he was talking about different races socializing beyond the work week, during our leisure time over the weekend).
I noticed all the “screaming mad people" had agreed that Mr. Holder was talking about them specifically and was exclusively talking about white people. When I last checked my driver’s license and birth certificate it said I was born in the United States of America. I’m sure that makes me apart of this nation as well.
The main problem with all these “screaming mad people” is that they took a comment from a black person talking about race relations in a negative way as an attack exclusively on white people. When you take a second look at Mr. Holder’s comment you will noticed he said "a nation of cowards". Since we are a nation of Black, White, Hispanic and Asian people he was casting that label on all of us.
Lets all take a deep breath!
1. Lord Farquaad was a ruthless ruler of the huge castle of Duloc.
Rob “Lord Farquaad” Blagojevich thinks he’s the ruthless ruler of Illinois. Illinois has some similarities to Duloc,but that’s for another article.
2. In his pursuit of perfection, Farquaad attempts to rid his kingdom of fairy tale creatures, offering a bounty for their capture and then exiling the imprisoned creatures to Shrek's swamp. Read more
15 years ago Today, President Clinton put forward the concept of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", which was held as progress politics. The act prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces.
The "don't ask" part of the policy indicates that superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member's orientation in the absence of disallowed behaviors, though mere suspicion of homosexual behavior can cause an investigation.
While the second part of the law seemed to protect homosexual or bisexual persons from a witch hunt it left the door open if a person “exhibit behavior” or people were suspicions of a person who they thought was a homosexual. How did this law pass in the first place? What kind of behavior would qualify as GAY?? I don’t think anyone asked the hard questions 15 years ago.
I’m so glad this law will hopefully be over turned by President Obama!!!!!! Read more