Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Guantanamo Closing Day ! ! !

I almost missed this one.

Here's Jacob Sullum of Reason magazine, whose posts I've ripped off so many times I might as well just link to his stuff every morning:

In case you missed the nonevent, the military prison for suspected terrorists and other assorted "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, did not close today. It may be years before it does, assuming President Obama ultimately delivers on that promise. In any case, the policy of keeping people locked up indefinitely without trial will continue, supplemented by a policy of keeping them locked up even if they are tried and acquitted. The New York Times reports that "the Obama administration has decided to continue to imprison without trials nearly 50 detainees...because a high-level task force has concluded that they are too difficult to prosecute but too dangerous to release." The task force said about 40 other detainees "should be prosecuted for terrorism or related war crimes," but that does not mean they will be released if they are found not guilty. The remaining 110 or so detainees are supposed to be "repatriated or transferred to other countries for possible release," but it's not clear when they might happen.

Hit the link to read the whole thing.

I should also note that Obama has been Supreme Military Commander for the Iraq war for a year. Enjoy the widget to your immediate right.

Gay and lesbian marriage still ain't legal. Pot still ain't legal. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is still in place.

But on the other hand, military contractors and weapons manufacturers are still raking in money with both hands. The D.C. voucher program, which was phenomenally effective, has been sacrificed for the Teachers' Unions. The stimulus plan has rewarded almost every loyal democrat contributor. Wall Street has been allowed to gamble with house money. The people who are too big to fail haven't been allowed to fail. The evil, capitalistic, greedy insurance companies have a plan underway to get 30 million new customers added to their databases. Before long, they won't have to sell insurance policies to anyone but Congress, since Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn know exactly what I need.

Happy One Year Anniversary to Hope and Change ! ! !

The picture came from John Eli Shuey's Facebook page. Friend him. You'll be glad you did.

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